In the morning of January 6 the small car ferry was pushed towards rocks at the entrance to the port of Madalena on the island of Pico.
The 61 passengers and nine crewmembers had to be evacuated via the MES.
The ship, operated by Atlantico Line, was covering the route between Horta on the island of Faial, one of the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago, and Madalena. This small ferry can carry 8 cars and 344 passengers.
Reason for the crash is unknown. The weather was bad with large waves.
Her sister vessel is out of service for refit. The inter-island service is being maintained by passenger-only ferries CRUZEIRO DO CANAL and CRUZEIRO DAS ILHAS.