Incident Video: Cement Carrier Aground on Breakwater in Iceland
An aging cement carrier ran aground on a breakwater on the west coast of Iceland over the weekend.
Reports say the 1976-built Fjordvik was inbound to the Port of Helguvik with a pilot on board when it apparently missed the harbor entrance and ended up pinned against the rocky breakwater on Saturday.
Videos posted to social media show the ship getting pounded by heavy surf.
The grounding has caused a breach of the ship’s hull and an oil spill has been reported.
The crew and pilot have reportedly been evacuated from the ship by helicopter.
The MV Fjordvik has a deadweight of 4,117 tonnes and is 94 meters in length. It is registered in the Bahamas.
AIS ship tracking data shows the vessel was arriving from Aalborg, Denmark.
Weather is believed to have been a factor in the incident but the cause is currently under investigation.
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