Feeding barge “not leaking oil”

12.01.2021 - 14:26
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It will become clearer in the coming days how the sunken barge owned by Laxa aquaculture in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, will be re-floated after this weekend’s storm. Divers are working on the vessel again today and, so far, it appears no diesel or other oil has leaked into the sea.

The feeding barge Muninn sank at the weekend amid very high winds and icy conditions. The barge contains 300 tonnes of salmon feed and 10,000 litres of diesel in its fuel tanks. Divers first visited the vessel yesterday, 40 metres below the fjord’s surface, sealing air vents and other possible points oil could leak from. 

No oil leaking 

“No oil has leaked from the barge. We have at least not been made aware of any,” says Jens Garðar Helgason, CEO of Laxa. “But the first phase in this process is making sure oil cannot leak out of the barge.” 

He says divers are continuing that task today and that how and when to try and salvage the vessel will be the next questions to answer. “I think it will become clear in the coming days what the condition of the barge is, and really what methods people recommend to get the barge floating again.” 

Computer equipment all broken 

The barge itself is in one piece on the seabed, but technical equipment onboard has suffered huge damage. It is believed that damage will amount to 300 to 400 million krónur. “The monitoring system and the feeding system, and more. There is extensive complicated equipment on board that I expect is all destroyed,” Jens Garðar says. 

Feeding to start again today 

While Muninn is unable to feed the farmed fish, they will be fed using special 'feeding guns' from boats alongside their sea cages. “And feeding will start hopefully tomorrow,” he said yesterday evening.  

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