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Grounded Icelandic Transport Vessel Floats Again

By Iceland Review

The transport vessel Godafoss, which belongs to the Icelandic company Eimskip, was towed by three boats from the reef where it ran aground last week in the Oslo fjord near Fredrikstad in southeast Norway at 7 am this morning.

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An Eimskip container vessel. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Ólafur William Hand, Eimskip’s PR officer, said preparations begun last night when the ship was lightened by pumping water out of its tanks. Shortly before 7 am the ship floated and then it was towed away from the reef, which went very well, he told ruv.is.

The ship was towed three kilometers north of the grounding location where it will be docked between the skerry Kirkeskjaer and the islet Styre. Divers will estimate the damages on the underside of the ship and then the next step will be decided, Hand explained.

Hand stated no seawater is leaking into the ship and no oil is leaking out of it. The situation is being monitored. According to yesterday’s reports, the oil spill from Godafoss was not as extensive as originally feared.

Another Eimskip transport vessel, Dettifoss, is expected to arrive in Fredrikstad later today and will carry part of Godafoss’s cargo to Iceland tonight.

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