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Feeding barge recovered from seabed

23.08.2022 - 19:30
Mynd: RÚV / Hjalti Stefánsson
A complicated and precise mission to recover a fish feeding barge from the bottom of Reyðarfjörður in the East Fjords ended in success yesterday. The barge is probably beyond salvage, but the aquaculture company it is owned by is insured for its loss.

Sunk in a storm last year

The feeding barge Muninn sank in the south of Reyðarfjörður in a storm early in January 2021. This weekend, the operation to lift it from the seabed began. The barge is 25 metres long and 12 metres wide. It was resting at a depth of 40 metres, with around 400 tonnes of fish food on board.

“Went even better than expected”

“The barge was lifted yesterday. It was orientated two days ago and then raised yesterday. It went even better than expected and after that it was towed in to the harbour here in Reyðarfjörður,” explains Jens Garðar Helgason, the CEO of aquaculture company Laxa.

Powerful crane barge and specialist divers

The operation was very complicated and required the use of a powerful crane mounted upon a large barge; which was towed to Iceland from Norway behind a tugboat.

Jens Garðar adds that other boats were also involved; as well as specialist divers from overseas.

Probably beyond repair

“Now we just want to get the barge afloat,” Jens Garðar says. “We will start by pumping the feed out of it and then it will be floated here at the harbour. After this, a decision will be taken on what will actually be done with the barge itself.”

Is it not beyond repair?

“Yes, I would think so. It is at least in a very bad way. This is an insurance matter, so it is all done in cooperation with the TM insurance company.”

The video above shows some of the highlights from the recovery mission.

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