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Passengers from ferry Princess Maria delayed over flood threat provided with all supplies

November 17, 2013, 13:53 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

The passengers take the situation with understanding and are making no complaints

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ST. PETERSBURG, November 17, /ITAR-TASS/. The ferry Princess Maria, which did not arrive timely from Helsinki, Finland’s capital, to the port of St. Petersburg over flood threat, is carrying about 1,400 passengers. People are provided with water supplies, hot meals, a doctor is onboard the ferry, Sergei Kotenev, the general director of the company St. Peter Line, which owns the cruise ferry, told Itar-Tass.

“The captain reports that the crew steering the anchored ferry try to make manoeuvres so that the passengers were suffering less from ship’s motions, each hour the radio announcements are made about where the ferryboat is staying and which situation is in the sea area,” Kotenev said.

In his words, the passengers take the situation with understanding and are making no complaints. For people to spend their unexpected leisure time a children’s playing room was open onboard the ship, shows, master classes and other events are staged. The shipowner pays for all expenses on feeding and accommodation of the passengers during the period of staying in the harbour waiting for a permit to enter the port.

On Sunday evening, The Princess Maria is to go on a return trip to Helsinki, but it is already clear that the return trip is delayed. According to Kotenev, a warning is posted at the website of the company, the passengers are offered to postpone their trip on another day.

One more St. Petersburg ferryboat Princess Anastasia of the same company, which shuttles on the St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Stockholm-Tallinn route, is anchored at the port of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. “The time of her arrival at the St. Petersburg port will depend from the situation in the Gulf of Finland,” the St. Peter Line company added.

The navigation passes of the St. Petersburg dam are planned to open at 19:40 Moscow time (15:40 GMT) on Sunday.

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