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Ship Stuck in East-Iceland Harbor, Fee Demanded

The fish processing company Lodnuvinnslan in Fáskrúdsfjördur and the municipality Hornafjördur in east Iceland demand collateral of up to ISK 625 million (USD 5.4 million, EUR 3.9 million) from the operator of the transport vessel Alma to cover the cost of its rescue.


From the harbor in Hornafjördur. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At the order of the District Commissioner in Eskifjördur, the ship is barred from leaving the harbor in Fáskrúdsfjördur to where it was towed, reports.

Its sister ship, Green Lofoten, arrived in Fáskrúdsfjördur on Wednesday evening to take over the cargo—3,000 tons of frozen seafood products—but the cargo has been grounded along with the ship.

Gísli Jónatansson, managing director of Lodnuvinnslan, said the fee requested amounts to a quarter of the combined value of the ship and its cargo and should be paid to those who participated in the ship’s rescue.

The commercial agent of Alma’s operator assumes that collateral will be submitted in the coming days and that the grounding will then be lifted. However, the final amount has yet to be determined.

One week ago Alma, which is registered in Cyprus, was narrowly prevented from running ashore in the mouth of Hornafjördur in southeast Iceland after suffering a failure of the steering equipment. The rescue mission was extensive.

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