Godafoss grounding (updated 21.03)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Updated Monday March 21st: After further inspection, it has been revealed that Godafoss suffered more damage in the grounding outside Fredrikstad than estimated at first. These days, work on cleaning the bottom is well under way, and then the repairs will commence.

Eimskip will receive the vessel again on April 10th according to new estimates.



Update March 7th: Godafoss has arrived to Odense in Denmark, where the vessel will be repaired. The estimated time for repairs is around three weeks.



Update March 2nd: Around 60 to 70 litres of oil have been removed from Goðafoss' immediate surroundings in Swedish waters, and according to the Swedish Coast Guard the oil is not heavy fuel. This supports the theory that the oil is coming from the bottom of the vessel, so called blue shine.

An environmental vessel from the Danish Coast Guard is currently following Godafoss to the port in Odense, ensuring that nothing goes wrong in the final leg of the journey.

Godafoss sailed from the Norwegian skerries just before 18:00 GMT on Monday. The estimated arrival to Odense, Denmark, is at the end of this week.



Update February 28th: Godafoss sailed from the Norwegian skerries just before 18:00 GMT on Monday. The estimated sailing time to Odense, Denmark, is around 24 hours, so the vessel should dock on Tuesday afternoon.



Update February 28th: A decision has been made that Godafoss will sail from it's grounding place near Fredrikstad, to Odense, Denmark, where the vessel will be repaired. At the moment the journey is being prepared in good cooperation with the Norwegian Coast Guard, where the preservation of nature close to the vessel is at a forefront.

The estimation is that Godafoss will reach Odense mid-week and that the repair will take two to three weeks



Update February 23rd: At 07:00 local time, Godafoss was towed from its grounding place in the Bay of Oslo in Norway, after the vessel started floating on high tide at 06:57. Three tugboats assisted Goðafoss this morning, with two towing and the third on standby. The vessel was towed three kilometers to the north where it lies anchored while divers assess the damage.

The container vessel Sleipnir has called Godafoss' remaining ports on the route, and will go another round, since a replacement vessel of Godafoss' size has not been secured while the damages have not been assessed.



Update February 22nd: As previously stated, Godafoss was grounded on it's way from Fredrikstad on Thursday evening. This is the first major accident Eimskip experiences with it's container ships in Norwegian waters. On board the vessel were 435 containers, with 188 of them empty.

The cargo amounted to 3.459 tons. The vessel must remove 1.200 to 1.500 tons of cargo before it is towed from the scene. Monday evening the container vessel Kristin D came to assist in removing containers, and Godafoss is scheduled to be towed from the grounding rock Wednesday evening with the help of towboats.

Around 800 tons of oil were on board . 100 cubic metres of oil have been cleaned from the waters surrounding the vessel. Four tanks are damaged, with three of them loaded with oil. Three oil fences surround the vessel for prevention if the leak should resurface. The oil that can be seen in pictures is light and used for heating heavy oil. There are no heavy oil stains in the ocean.


Experts are now in control of the situation regarding the oil spillage from Godafoss, which stranded outside Fredrikstad, Norway, last night. Preparation for pumping all remaining oil from the vessel is already under way.

Eimskip is working on examining the causes of the accident and salvage operations in the area in close cooperation with Norwegian authorities, Coast Guard and environmental management, according to the information we have from the location of the incident, says Ólafur William Hand, Eimskip's public relations officer.

Around 800 tons of oil are on board Godafoss. Two floating devices have been mounted around the vessel to contain spreading of the spill, with the Swedish Coast Guard setting up the third device. Divers are currently examining the extent of the vessel's damages, as it sits on a reef 100-200 meters off the Norwegian coast. The Coast Guard is supervising the situation regarding environmental damage prevention. Around 430 containers are on board Godafoss. A decision on whether and when they will be removed from the vessel is expected soon.

Media contacts:

Iceland - Ólafur William Hand, mobile +354-825 7221 and e-mail: owh@eimskip.is

Norway - Bjorn Richard Johansen, mobile +47-47 800 100 and e-mail: brj@firsthouse.no