The cargo ship Wilson Skaw was refloated around 9:00 this morning.
The 113m-long cargo ship ran aground on April 19 in Húnaflói bay, off the north coast of Iceland.
The Freyja coastguard vessel is now towing the ship, but the going is slow to avoid other skerries and reefs in the area.
Ásgeir Erlendsson, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard, stated to Vísir: “What’s happening now is that the Freyja coastguard vessel is slowly towing the ship in the hope of getting it into deeper water. However, it must be kept in mind that there are quite a few underwater rocks in the area.”
The Coast Guard is now moving the ship to deeper waters, as it has been stranded since Tuesday. The ship was carrying two thousand tonnes of salt and 195 tonnes of oil when it ran aground.
Minor damage to the hull was recorded, but luckily, there was no leakage. The Coast Guard had placed containment nets around the grounded ship as a security measure briefly following its stranding.
“It’s crucial to protect the environment in situations like this. Fortunately, there are no signs of oil leakage into the sea,” Ásgeir further stated.
The Wilson Skaw is operated by Wilson Ship Management AS.