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Another Ship Runs Aground, Akrafell’s Future Uncertain

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Another Ship Runs Aground, Akrafell’s Future Uncertain

Transport vessel Akrafell runs aground in East Iceland.

Akrafell. Photo: ICE-SAR.

Cargo ship Green Freezer ran aground on a skerry by Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, yesterday evening. An attempt will be made to tow it loose at high tide tonight. Another transport vessel, Akrafell, ran aground at a similar location recently.

The future of Akrafell is still uncertain while the cargo’s owners are looking into the condition of their goods, mbl.is reports.

The ship ran aground between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður on September 6 and is now docked in Eskifjörður where it awaits its destiny. The ship was seriously damaged in the accident but no oil leaked into the ocean.

Pálmar Óli Magnússon, CEO of Samskip, which operates the ship, stated that all parties involved have declared a joint responsibility for the accident.

That means that Samskip and the cargo owners are liable for the cost of the ship’s rescue, which was executed by ICE-SAR, the Reyðarfjörður fire brigade and the Icelandic Coast Guard, among others.

However, the final amount is not yet clear, said Pálmar. The case will be processed by the insurance companies of the parties involved, which can take several weeks.

Akrafell was carrying frozen seafood and various dry goods when it ran aground, which will now be sent by another Samskip ship to the Faroe Islands and from there to the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The 13 crew members of Akrafell, all foreign nationals, are still in the East Fjords. The chief steersman was indicted for violation of maritime law and has to pay ISK 700,000 (over USD 6,200, EUR 4,500) in fines.

As has been reported, the steersman fell asleep when the ship ran aground.

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