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Sal­va­ging Nor­th­gui­der pro­ves more dif­fi­cult

Sal­va­ging the shrimp traw­ler Nor­th­gui­der, which ran aground in Hin­lo­penstre­tet in Decem­ber last year, has tur­ned out to be more dif­fi­cult than thought befo­re, as the Nor­we­gi­an coas­tal admin­stra­ti­on aut­ho­ri­ty Kyst­ver­ket reports in a press release. The hull is more severely dama­ged than expec­ted which makes the ope­ra­ti­on accord­ing to the initi­al plan impos­si­ble.

Nor­th­gui­der ran aground in late Decem­ber 2018 at Spar­ren­e­set south of Murchi­son­fjord. The ship owner is requi­red to remo­ve the wreck wit­hin 2019, but this is now beco­m­ing doubt­ful: the polar night is soon to start, the sun will not rise abo­ve the hori­zon any­mo­re for 4 mon­ths from late Octo­ber. Ship­ping is not impos­si­ble during the dark sea­son, but if a com­pli­ca­ted sal­va­ging ope­ra­ti­on can be car­ri­ed out safe­ly and suc­cess­ful­ly without day­light is an ent­i­re­ly dif­fe­rent ques­ti­on.

Northguider

Sal­va­ging ves­sels and the groun­ded traw­ler Nor­th­gui­der at Spar­ren­e­set in Hin­lo­penstre­tet, August 2019.

The sal­va­ging ves­sels arri­ved on loca­ti­on only rather late in the sum­mer, and then the ope­ra­ti­on was delay­ed repeated­ly by seve­re ice and wea­ther con­di­ti­ons. Only recent­ly the wreck could be tur­ned into an upright posi­ti­on and then it beca­me appearent that dama­ges on Northguider’s hull are far more exten­si­ve than expec­ted. An area of 12×5 metres is said to be impac­ted.

Now all the play­ers invol­ved, inclu­ding the coast guard, Kyst­ver­ket, the ship owner Opi­lio AS, the insuran­ce com­pa­ny and the sal­va­ging com­pa­ny SMIT Sal­va­ge have to come up with a new plan. It appears rather unli­kely that this will all hap­pen wit­hin 2019. Offi­cials have alrea­dy men­tio­ned post­po­ning the ope­ra­ti­on until 2020 as an opti­on. But if Nor­th­gui­der will still be the­re in the sum­mer of 2020, after mon­ths on end with ice and seve­re wea­ther, and in a con­di­ti­on that allows remo­ving the wreck, will remain an open ques­ti­on until then.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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