The foreign freight ship Fernanda has now been towed onto dry land at Helguvík on the Reykjanes peninsula. On Wednesday, it was dragged there from the nearby village of Njarðvík. Last night at 7 pm, on the tide, the ship was towed into the harbor.
From an earlier story from RÚV.
It is hoped that the process of breaking it down to scrap will soon begin. Einar Ásgeirsson CEO of Hringrás recycling company told mbl.is last night that the plan was to use the tide to drag the ship to shore. The company will handle the demolition and the entire recycling process.
That work is estimated to take two months; the matter recycled will be exported as material for production.
Fernanda caught fire in late October, while sailing off the Westman Islands on Iceland’s southern coast. Once the crew had been rescued, the ship was towed to Hafnarfjörður harbor where fire broke out again. Finally, the ship was towed to Grundartangi, West Iceland, where oil as well as oil-contaminated sea water was pumped out.
Over the past few weeks the ship has been located in Njarðvík, a town on the Reykjanes peninsula but according to Einar, that time was utilized to rid it of toxic chemicals as well as acquiring an operation permit.
Approximately 15 people are currently working on the demolition. They will be assisted by pilot boat Magni.
“The demolition process will commence as soon as we have secured the perimeter of the ship. Things have been going very well so far, as is expected with such a team of experts,” said Einar and wished to express gratitude towards everyone involved in the project.