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Grounded Icelandic Vessel Arrives in Denmark

The container vessel Godafoss, which belongs to Icelandic transport company Eimskip, arrived in Denmark yesterday and cast anchors off the town Grenaa in Jutland last night at the request of the Danish Coast Guard.


Godafoss anchored in Reykjavík’s Sundahöfn harbor. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Eimskip’s PR agent Ólafur William Hand told Morgunbladid that the Coast Guard hadn’t explained why this was necessary but he assumed it is due to safety reasons—the Coast Guard wants to have full control of the vessel’s route in daylight.

Godafoss ran aground in the Oslo fjord in southeast Norway in mid-February. The resulting oil spill proved to be less of an environmental hazard than originally feared.

Yesterday, 60-70 liters of oil was cleaned up in Swedish waters. It is believed to have come from a slick which extended from Godafoss while it sailed through Swedish territory.

The oil didn’t prove to be unrefined petroleum, which Eimskip believes indicates that the slick was caused by oil spots on the ship’s underside dissolving.

Godafoss will be sailed to Odense on Fyn today where it will be taken to a shipyard for repair. A Coast Guard vessel will follow the ship to its destination.

Click here to read more about the grounding and its consequences.

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