Fast ferry near-sink, Rio de La Plata

Fast cat ferry ATLANTIC EXPRESS, connecting Buenos Aires with Uruguay port of Colonia del Sacramento, across Rio de La Plata, was reportedly, heavily damaged on Feb 25 while docking at Colonia, with passengers on board. Ferry suffered breakdown and understood, collided with pier, sustaining hull damages and water ingress. Extra pumps were delivered and deployed to take water ingress under control and avoid ferry sinking. All passengers were safely disembarked. As of 0630 UTC Feb 26, ferry was docked at Colonia, AIS on. Information on heavy damages and near-sinking has to be confirmed.
Passenger ro-ro cargo ship ATLANTIC EXPRESS, IMO 8919506, GT 2998, built 1992, flag Uruguay, operator Colonia Express.

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