New repairs ordered for oil-spill ship

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The Icelandic cargo vessel Godafoss, which grounded near the scenic islands of Hvaler in southeast Norway last month, now faces more problems with Danish maritime authorities.

The vessel was freed from its rocky perch at high tide last week and allowed to sail to a shipyard at Odense in Denmark for repairs, after authorities in Norway determined that the vessel’s tanks were secured. The Godafoss set off an oil spill after its grounding on a voyage from Fredrikstad, sounding alarms because the grounding occurred near a national maritime park and also because oil showed up on the other side of the entrance to the Oslo Fjord.

Oil from the Godafoss also washed up along the coast of southern Norway (Sørlandet) and then more spillage occurred as the vessel was underway to Denmark. Swedish authorities sounded new alarms when oil started washing up along the country’s west coast after the Godafoss sailed by.

Danish authorities have since ordered the vessel into port at Grenå on Jylland, to secure its tanks against more spillage before it can sail further. “The extent of the oil spillage through Swedish and Danish waters was clearly of a size that made it no longer possible to let the Godafoss keep sailing,” Kenneth Nielsen of the Danish Coast Guard told news bureau NTB. “The danger of more environmental damage was too great.”

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