The historic charter tour vessel Johanna, which grounded in the Oslo Fjord over the weekend with 156 people on board, was raised from what could have been its watery grave and is now set to be refurbished.
The reason for the vessel’s grounding Saturday night has still not been determined. Passengers on board have said the vessel was sailing close to the shoreline of the Nesodden peninsula, on its way back to Oslo after a dinner cruise, when it suddenly took a sharp turn to the right and rammed right into the peninsula’s rocky coast.
Police said the captain of the vessel tested negative for any alcohol or drugs and an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. Meanwhile, the owners of the vessel, built in 1892, immediately launched a salvage operation. The vessel was stabilized and on Tuesday a large floating crane was in place to raise the vessel.
Damage to the hull of the ship, which sailed for a hundred years carrying salted fish from Lofoten to Kristiansund, was less than feared and by midday the Johanna was refloated. The vessel was due to be repaired at Sjursøya in Oslo and be back in service next spring.