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Norway Wants Damages for Grounding of Icelandic Ship

The Norwegian Coast Guard has filed a claim for NOK 85 million (ISK 1.7 billion, USD 14 million, EUR 12 million) in damages to the Icelandic transport company Eimskip, the container vessel of which ran aground in Norwegian waters on February 17 last year.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Spokesperson of the Norwegian Coast Guard Johan Marius Ly told Aftenposten that the amount covers their expenses of the grounding.

The vessel, Goðafoss, was en route to Helsingborg, Sweden, from Fredrikstad, Norway, when the accident occurred, Morgunblaðið reports.

A large amount of oil leaked from the ship’s tanks, causing a pollution hazard for the environment and so extensive cleaning was needed.

Ólafur William Hand, information officer of Eimskip, said the damages claim will not impact Eimskip’s operations.

“We have yet to receive a claim from the Norwegian Coast Guard. But judging by what we have read in the media, it is an amount for which we are covered by insurances,” he said.

“Everything that relates to the grounding has taken the regular process, which starts automatically when something like this occurs. Insurance companies, we and authorities are working together on this matter,” Ólafur concluded.

Click here to read more about the grounding and oil leak.

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