21 November 2015

[211115.EN.BIZ] Ferry And Cruise Ship Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Hundreds of passengers of the "Spirit of Tasmania 1" and the "Noordam" were stranded for four hours after a bomb scare at Melbourne's Station Pier on Nov 19, 2015, enforcing the evacuation of both ships.

Passengers found shelter in a nearby pub as police inspected the "Noordam".

Officers cordoned off part of the street.

The operation was calm and the pier was evacuated efficiently.

Paramedics, a couple of ambulances, at least 15 police cars and a lot of detectives were on scene.

The Victorian Bomb Response Unit conducted safety checks at the pier after sniffer dogs picked up a suspicious smell at 12.15 p.m., but deemed the area safe at around 4.15 p.m.

No suspicious package was found at Melbourne's main passenger shipping terminal.

The vessels were set to depart on Nov 20 at 5.30 p.m.

Source : SN-TR.

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