Small boats will extract diesel oil from Northguider

The diesel oil on board stricken fishing trawler Northguider (IMO 8714619) will be extracted using small boats, the Norwegian Coast Guard (NCG) has said. NCG vessel Svalbard has taken on board three small rib-type boats and 30 plastic tanks with a capacity of 1,000 litres each. It was heading towards the Hinlopen Strait on Svalbard.

The plan was that each of the three small boats would transport two 1,000-litre tanks, pump diesel from the casualty into the tank, return to the Svalbard and pump the recovered diesel into the Svalbard’s own fuel tanks.

The patrol boat has room to accept about 600 tons, about twice as much as it was aboard the trawler. However, carrying 2,000 litres of diesel per trip, the three boats would have to make a total of 160 round trips, in what can often be severe weather.

Given the thick layers of ice on the trawler the Svalbard cannot get closer than 100 metres to Northguider.

The NCG said that its role in the operation was solely to support the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s attempt to avoid an environmental disaster in the ecological sensitive area. It added that it was the owner’s responsibility to salvage the grounded vessel and pay for the operations. The shipowner has hired the three RIBs, tanks and pumping equipment.

1988-built, Norway-flagged, 1,792 gt Northguider is owned and managed by Opilio of Storebo, Norway. ISM manager is BR Birkeland Fiskebatrederi AS of Storebo, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Opilio AS.