The ferry ms Vlieland that was on its way to Vlieland from Harlingen, the Netherlands, on Thursday morning 12 March was damaged shortly after departure. As a result, two engines failed and the ship could not continue. With the assistance of a tugboat the ship had to be brought back to the harbour, reports shipping company Doeksen.

The ship hit the quay when leaving Harlingen, resulting in a breach in the hull. Doeksen reports the ship is not sinking and remains stable. Three tugboats are towing the ferry to a shipyard for further investigation and repairs.

When the ship can resume service is unknown. Replacement transport has been arranged for the morning passengers. They are taken over by reserve ship ms Midsland. Afternoon sailings to the Wadden Island Vlieland have been cancelled, however.