The 52 meter long vessel ‘Northguider’ ran aground in the Hinlopen Strait, on 28th December, with 14 crew on board. The vessel begun taking in water and the Captain called for help. After than, two helicopters rescued the crew.
The Northguider was fishing off Svalbard archipelago when it ran aground in the Hinlopen Strait and started taking water. The Captain called for help and in less than two hours, two helicopters rescued the crew. No injuries were reported and they have all been transported to Longyearbyen.
However, the Northguider had 300,000 litres of diesel oil at the time of the incident. Now, and operation is ongoing to secure and save the vessel. This is important because the nature in this area is vulnerable and oil spill could cause serious environmental issues.
Nevertheless, the ship is stable for the moment, representative of the Coastal Administration Hans Petter Mortensholm informed, while no oil leak has been reported.
Moreover, a vessel of the Norwegian Coast Guard is heading to the incident site. The ship, which has icebreaker capabilities, will assess the damage on the ship and will attempt to empty the diesel oil tanks. If it is possible, the Northguider will be pulled off the ground and towed to a safe harbour.