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Vessel grounds off Norway

Vessel grounds off Norway
The ship was in ballast when it ran aground but some of the bunker fuel has already escaped into the sea as a result of the grounding.

The ship was in ballast when it ran aground but some of the bunker fuel has already escaped into the sea as a result of the grounding.

The owners of the 26,800 dwt bulk carrier Full City, which ran aground at Langesund off the southern coast of Norway in heavy weather on 31 July, say that everything possible is being done to limit any potential environmental damage in the wake of the casualty, despite 1,200 tons of bunker fuel remaining on board. They are continuing to focus their priorities on containment of the oil spill, and this is being done with full cooperation and in coordination with the Norwegian authorities.

The ship was in ballast when it ran aground but some of the bunker fuel has already escaped into the sea as a result of the grounding.

Immediately following the incident, a Lloyd"s Open Form of salvage contract was agreed with leading salvage contractor Smit International, which has mobilised a specialist team of salvage equipment and experts to deal with the situation. Leading pollution specialists, ITOPF, are also in attendance and providing assistance and guidance.

They are in the process of taking steps to remove the bunker fuel on board so as to avoid the risk of further spillage.

Regular aerial surveillance is being conducted, and a number of specialist vessels are involved in collecting, containing and recovering the oil through the use of booms and skimming devices. Clean-up of the shoreline has already started, and further assessments of contamination are being carried out.

The Full City is a 26,800 dwt geared bulk carrier built in 1995 in Hakodate, Japan. It is owned by The Roc Maritime Inc of Panama and registered in Panama. It is classed by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK). Investigations are being conducted into the cause of the grounding.

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