Ship grounded off Måløy

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A German-owned container ship that grounded just before the weekend off the west coast of Norway near Måløy, in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, remained stuck on its rocky perch Monday but salvage operations were underway.

The containership "MV Celina" was said to be stable, with plans underway to offload fuel and cargo. PHOTO: Kystverket

“Things take time,” Rune Bergstrøm of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) told news bureau NTB. He initially indicated the ship may remain stuck at the site for several weeks, but on Monday, Kystverket could report that it had received a salvage plan from the German company that owns the MV Celina.

The vessel was stable, according to Kystverket, and the weather was better than feared. There have been no signs of any oil leakage from the vessel but spill prevention measures had been taken.

There were 14 persons on board the vessel when it grounded around 8:30pm Friday, and 10 have been evacuated. There were no injuries. The vessel still has 165 containers on board, containing mostly frozen fish and fertilizer.

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