Oil spill seeped into the Oslo Fjord

UPDATED: Thousands of litres of heating oil spilled Wednesday afternoon into the Alna River that runs through Oslo’s east side. By Thursday midday, oil slicks were sighted on the Oslo Fjord as far west at Bygdøy, and one of the city’s most popular swimming areas was closed, right in the middle of a heatwave. It […]

Oslo river hit by more pollution

Environmental experts were worried on Thursday that yet another polluting spill into the river that divides the west and east sides of Oslo would harm birds and other wildlife. Emergency crews were trying to contain the worst damage after energy firm Hafslund spilled 19,000 liters of heating oil into the river on Wednesday. The oil spill […]

Captain of grounded ship avoids prison

The Chinese captain of a bulk cargo ship responsible for the worst oil spill in Norwegian history won’t have to serve any jail time, thanks to an appeals court decision that overturned a mandatory jail term and lets him off with a suspended sentence. The captain of the Chinese vessel Full City was initially sentenced […]

DNV delivers report on Gulf spill

Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has delivered a report to the US government on the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and reportedly has pinpointed the cause of the oil platform’s blowout last year. DNV, which specializes in maritime risk management services and research, is expected to conclude that […]

New repairs ordered for oil-spill ship

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 […]

Oil-spill ship pulled off the rocks

The Icelandic-owned cargo ship that last Thursday caused an oil slick in a Norwegian oceanic national park has come off the rocks on which it had been perched since it ran aground. The Godafoss, which had been leaking oil from containers on both sides of the ship, found itself in trouble in Hvaler, which lies […]

Ship grounding sets off oil spill

UPDATED: An Icelandic-owned container ship ran aground and immediately started leaking oil Friday around the scenic islands of Hvaler on Norway’s southeast coast. The grounding set off a spill that local officials called “a catastrophe” but later claimed was “under control.” By midday oil was washing up on the island of Akerøya and by Saturday […]

Diesel soils waters off Karmøy

Around 120,000 litres of diesel was spilled by a tanker vessel off Karmøy, near Haugesund, early Tuesday. The tanker, operated by Uno-X Energi, began to leak during maintenance. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the resulting spillage could not be stopped before the entire contents of the tank had run out. The diesel, most of which found its […]

Grounded ship’s captain sent to jail

The captain of a Chinese bulker that grounded off the Telemark coast last summer and set off Norway’s worst oil spill ever has been sentenced to six month in jail, with four months suspended. His first mate faces 21 days in jail. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday that a local court in Telemark found the […]

Captain ‘wanted to destroy documents’

The captain of a Chinese ship that grounded off the southern Norwegian coast last summer allegedly tried to destroy documents related to its anchoring equipment, according to reports from the officer’s trial now underway. The bulk cargo vessel Full City grounded in a storm last summer while it was anchored off Telemark, waiting to pick […]