Fednav’s Federal Kivalina, which is registered in Hong Kong, and is managed by Anglo Eastern Ship Management has run aground. The 200m bulker, with a pilot on board, ran hard aground on passage in Norway, near Årsundøya off Kristiansund on the morning of October 6th, and remains there for the time being.
Salvage of the 36,578 dwt ship has begun, with Norwegian salvage group Taubåtkompaniet in charge of the work. News reports state that lightering of the ship’s 35,000 tons cargo of aluminum oxide will be undertaken in effort to free the ship, but unfortunately this will not commence until the end of the week.
250 tons of fuel and oils have been offloaded, but a small slick was reported nearby by Norwegian authorities. The Norwegian coast guard has found no evidence of impairment by the bridge crew; the rest of the 21 member crew is reported to be safe, and the vessel is in no immediate danger of breaking up. The ship, one in a series of 11, was launched in Japan by Oshima Shipbuilding in 2000, is classed by DNV and powered by a MAN B&W 6S46MC-C main engine.