Aug 31 Update: Vessel suffered some 80-90 meter long underwater hull breach, according to underwater survey. Local media said, BLUE STAR PATMOS remained afloat thanks to grounding, with such a breach she was bound to sink in deep waters. Human error blamed for accident. Engine room and propellers remained intact.
Ferry BLUE STAR PATMOS ran aground at 0145 LT Aug 30 while entering Ios, Ios island, Aegean sea, with 205 passengers on board. Vessel suffered hull breach with ensuing water ingress, which said to be small and under control. Passengers were transferred to Ios by shuttle vessel, all reported safe. As of 0500 UTC Aug 30, BLUE STAR PATMOS was still aground, underwater survey to be carried out with daylight prior to refloating.
Passenger ro-ro ship BLUE STAR PATMOS, IMO 9565041, GT 18498, built 2012, flag Greece, operator BLUE STAR FERRIES SA.