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Burnt Ship Towed to West Iceland Harbor

The tramp steamer Fernanda, which caught fire 20 kilometers south of Vestmannaeyjar (The Westman Islands) and was towed into Hafnarfjörður harbor, Southwest Iceland, earlier this month was yesterday towed to Grundartangi harbor in Hvalfjörður, West Iceland.

fernando_ship_towed_to_hvalfjordur_ruvFrom ruv.is.

The Akranes fire department is putting up an oil fence around the ship. The Coast Guard, Faxaflói harbor and the Environment Agency of Iceland made the decision to move Fernanda to Grundartangi, ruv.is reports.

According to Þráinn Ólafsson, chief of the Akranes fire department, his team has taken safety the necessary safety measures. “The ship contains a great deal of hazardous materials and a bad smell. We have secured the area and put up an oil fence around it.”

Since last Friday, the Coast Guard ship Þór has been towing Fernanda around Faxaflói bay. After having been towed to Hafnarfjörður harbor, fire broke loose in the ship causing smoke to cover a part of the town. It was then decided to tow the ship to open sea in order to prevent explosion risk in the harbor and minimize pollution.

Related:

04.11.2013 | Fire out on Ship off Southwest Iceland

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