Storm Causes Scandinavian Marine Accidents

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Stormy weather in northern European seas kept search and rescue and salvage vessels busy over the first days of this week.

What happened?

According to local reports, Idar Ulstein, which was built for the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue in 2015, launched a rescue boat to recover the fishermen. The 22m Idar Ulstein has a top speed of 40 knots from twin engines and a waterjet. Njord remained on the site as the fishing vessel sank. It was refloated using air balloons and towed to a nearby shipyard.

Search and rescue vessels Idar Ulstein and Njord saved fishermen from an 8m fishing vessel that drifted aground in a storm off Hitra, in Norway. The vessel struck rocks at Forsnes on 26 March.

Tugs assist grounded ships:

In Sweden, tugs will be required to assist a grounded cargo ship off Husum. 2015-built, 10,600 dwt vessels, Symphony Sky, struck the seabed on 26 March in stormy conditions after unloading its cargo at a local power station.

The ship had 11 crew members onboard and was en route to Motril when it got stuck on the way out of the bay. The Swedish Coast Guard launched a surveillance aircraft to make further assessments and vessel Pilot 752 Se was alongside of the casualty.

In Belgium, a pilot vessel struck a tanker, injuring two people. Pilot 1 struck the port side of Galway Fisher 18km off the coast of Østend. This caused damage to the tanker and pilot vessel and two pilots were evacuated by helicopter to hospital. The tanker was berthed in Terneuzen, Belgium and the pilot boat returned to Østend.

Fortunately no injuries or pollution to the environment was reported.

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Source: Tug Technology & Business

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