Leaky Lubricant Distributor Disables Engine Off Fair Isle


On February 17, a cargo vessel was reportedly stranded at Sea after it suffered an engine failure, resulting it to be towed to safety.

What happened?

The cargo vessel ‘Kristine Bonnevie’ was enroute from Hanstholm with 22 crew members onboard when it reportedly suffered from an engine failure, 17 nautical miles south of Orknøyane.

During initial investigation, the engine failure was caused by a lubricant distributor which was leaking. Since, the efforts to repair the vessel had failed it took assistance from the patrol boat ‘Bergen’ dispatched by the Norwegian Coast Guard.

Vessel adrift

The unloaded vessel started drifting since anchoring was not possible due to the depth of the water. The patrol boat secured the vessel and pulled it to Sletta off Haugesund where the lifeboat ‘Bergen Kreds’ took over and pulled the vessel to a repair yard at Rubbestadneset on Bømlo.

Fortunately, none of the crew members were injured and no pollution to the environment was caused due to the stricken vessel.

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Source: Institute of Marine Research


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