The barge carrier Tide Carrier was taken under tow today headed for Tysvær. Reports state the tugs were proceeding at a speed of about four knots. Estimates place the cost of keeping the Tide Carrier from running ashore around $500,000 USD.
News reports state the Norwegian shipping authority had found several problems on the Tide Carrier while it was in port last week at Høylandsbygd in Kvinnherad. The problems were significant enough that the vessel should have been detained in port until repairs were completed. No reports if any repairs were completed before the Tide Carrier left port. Inspectors will examine the vessel and determine if any further action will be taken.
The 122 meter long, 902 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Kong Harald became disabled off Nordkinn, Norway. The Kong Harald had departed from Kirkenes when it suffered a partial power blackout after a fault developed in one of the engines. With the weather deteriorating as a strong storm approached the area, the master of the Kong Harald contacted the JRCC in case it would be necesarry to evacuate the passengers and crew. The JRCC dispatched the patrol vessel Barentshav to the scene. The Barentshav escorted the Kong Harald initially towards Honningsvåg, but the ferry later proceeded to Tromsø. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 56 meter long, 1060 dwt freighter Havgløtt went aground at Hustadneset, Norway. The freighter was en route from Molde to Kristiansund with a cargo of sand and stone when it grounded. The three crew on board contacted authorities and later the same day, the crew were able to refloat the vessel on the rising tide. The Havgløtt proceeded to Molde. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The cause of the grounding was not reported.