ARMAS ferry strikes Las Palmas harbour

A ferry from the shipping company ARMAS managed this evening to embed itself into the outside of the harbour wall at the Nelson Mandela dock in Puerto de la Luz in Las Palmas.

Videos and photos of the accident appeared quite serious, although no injuries have been reported.

The ship involved was the Volcan de Tamasite and, according to information received by The Canary, 140 passengers were on board at the time, though nobody seems to have been seriously hurt, some reports have mentioned up to four people with minor injuries.

According to information released by the company, the captain lost control of the ship within minutes of leaving the port, headed for Tenerife, due to a widespread failure in the ship’s electrical system.

The impact from the vessel caused major damage to the pier.

The ship seems to have suffered no structural damage, though it did appear to have a crumpled bow, and has been towed back into the port area.