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Westman Island Ferry Cannot Use New Harbor

The Westman Island ferry Herjólfur cannot sail to Landeyjarhöfn harbor any longer, according to captain Ívar Gunnlaugsson, as the harbor has become too shallow because of the sand and volcanic matter that gets carried into it.

At the inauguration of the new harbor earlier this summer. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

On the ferry’s last trip it became obvious as to how shallow the harbor had become, both while sailing in and out of it, and so the ferry’s speed had to be reduced, visir.is reports.

Therefore, Herjólfur’s trip to the Westman Islands from Landeyjahöfn this morning was postponed for an unspecified length of time, a few days even.

Representatives of Eimskip, which is responsible for ferry operations, the Icelandic Road Administration and the Icelandic Maritime Administration are being convened to discuss the problem.

The sand pump vessel, which has been pumping sand out of the harbor temporarily, is now engaged in a project in the West Fjords.

The solution may therefore be to resume ferry connections to the Westman Islands from Thorlákshöfn while the sand pump vessel is unavailable, but according to visir.is, no agreement has been reached with the harbor authorities in Thorlákshöfn yet.

Herjólfur used to sail to the Westman Islands from Thorlákshöfn but relocated to Landeyjahöfn after its opening in July. The new sailing route shortened the trip from three hours to half an hour.

Click here to read more about the new harbor.

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