Hull Damaged As Boxship Ran Onto The Rocks



Container ship BF Fortaleza ran aground on the Skatestraumen near Maloy, Norway on October 22 Thursday.

Accident typeGrounding
Vessels involvedBF Fortaleza
Date: 22nd October 2015
Location: The Skatestraumen near Maloy, Norway
En Route: Bergen to Rotterdam
Casualties/Oil spill: None

The 121-meter long container ship was sailing from Bergen to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  In the morning hours of Thursday the vessel’s steering failed and it ran aground in rocky shallows.

The BF Fortaleza, suffered hull damage in the midship area.  The damaged hull, allowed water ingress into its ballast tanks.  Local Rescue Coordination Center NSSK dispatched a lifeboat, a tug and a helicopter to aid the grounded ship and assess the damage.

The 700 TEU vessel received a dewatering pump to pump out the water.  Later it was refloated on the same day and was towed to Maloy.

No injuries and no oil spills have been reported.

 Source: Fjt