Photos: Gravel Bulker Goes Aground Off Norway

Image courtesy Redningsselskapet

By MarEx 2016-03-22 20:05:06

[Brief] Norway’s NRK news service reports that the 2,500 dwt self-discharging bulker Selvaagsund went aground off the Norwegian island of Sumarsøyna, Outer Solund in the early hours of March 22. 

She has taken on water in two ballast tanks and has a list to port, but is reportedly stable. Her crew of eight remains on board and a response vessel of Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center is alongside to assist. The crew may be evacuated at short notice if required, the JRCC said. No injuries were reported. 

The Salvaagsund was under way from Florø, Norway to Germany with a load of gravel at the time of the incident, said operator Berge Rederi. 

Authorities with the JRCC say that the cause is currently unknown, and remains under investigation. 

No pollution has been observed. The Coast Guard vessel Tor was dispatched to join the response effort; she carries pumping equipment for dewatering the Salvaagsund. 

Norway-based Berge Rederi operates a fleet of eight self-unloading bulkers of 1,800 to 6,000 dwt, primarily used for the transport of aggregates. 

Photo credit: Redningsselskapet