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    Thursday, august 1st, Smit Salvage sailed out of Longyearbyen,Svalbard in the direction of Hinlopen with the crane vessel "Cormorant" and the tug boats "Bear" and "Multratug 18" to start the work to remove the trawler "Northguider" that ran aground 28.12.2018

    These are expected to arrive on Hinlopen on sunday, where they will begin rigging equipment. This is expected to take a few days before the ship repair work can begin. The plan is for welding and sealing damage to the hull, and that the vessel is eventually pulled off the ground and towed to the mainland for scrapping.
    Best wishes from Bengt Domben

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      ombugge commented
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      That will be one for the memory book, even for Smit Salvage.

    The salvage of "Northguider" was stopped by the ice conditions at the wreck. Both tugs and the crane barge sailed back to Longyearbyen where they arrived on august 15th.

    It is the ice forecasts that made them decide to leave Hinlopenstretet. They do not want ice packing in the area around the boats, says Ole Gunstein Aasbø in Gard, which is the company's insurance company.
    The return to Longyearbyen means that the project is now losing precious time. If we believe what we are told by the insurance company Gard, the operation can still be carried out.

    According to AIS this afternoon, all three vessels are now on their way back to the wreck of "Northguider" and will probably arrive on wednesday.
    Best wishes from Bengt Domben

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      Originally posted by DS Lyngen View Post
      The salvage of "Northguider" was stopped by the ice conditions at the wreck. Both tugs and the crane barge sailed back to Longyearbyen where they arrived on august 15th.

      It is the ice forecasts that made them decide to leave Hinlopenstretet. They do not want ice packing in the area around the boats, says Ole Gunstein Aasbø in Gard, which is the company's insurance company.
      The return to Longyearbyen means that the project is now losing precious time. If we believe what we are told by the insurance company Gard, the operation can still be carried out.

      According to AIS this afternoon, all three vessels are now on their way back to the wreck of "Northguider" and will probably arrive on wednesday.
      I have been "keeping an eye" on this operation for a while, and I find it quite amazing that the ship hasn't yet sunk all the way after all that time. Is she resting on the bottom, and therefore prevented from sinking?

      She does have a significant list.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        Originally posted by pakarang View Post

        I have been "keeping an eye" on this operation for a while, and I find it quite amazing that the ship hasn't yet sunk all the way after all that time. Is she resting on the bottom, and therefore prevented from sinking?

        She does have a significant list.
        "Northguider" lie on solid ground.
        She will not sink where she is now, but if the ice pushes her more out of the land, she can quickly end up at 400 meters depth at worst.
        Ice is a major problem for the salvage operation so far.

        Map section from the area with depths.

        Northguider aground by DS Lyngen, on Flickr

        Best wishes from Bengt Domben

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          OK, thanks for that explanation. I hadn't seen this map before and it explains well to me where she is and what might happen. I hope for a quick recovery of the ship and that she is "taken out" of that area soon.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            A Malaysian tug and barge was blown ashore on a beach on the east coast of India, near Chilika Lake:

            Reading various reports in the Indian press I realise that the Norwegian news media know more about things maritime then I have given them credit for. (Relatively that is):
            https://localwire.me/govt-officials-...-chilika-lake/

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