The Norwegian Coastal Administration declared the follow-up of the disabled vessel Tide Carrier near Feistein in Jæren to be a government operation managed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration from 16:18 on Wednesday 22 February. The government operation was concluded at 09:00 on Thursday 23 February.
Update at 09:05 on Thursday 23 February:
Towing the vessel towards Gismarvik. The Norwegian Coastal Administration concludes the government operation from 09:00. The on-call team is monitoring the towing operation. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is keeping KV Bergen and a government towing vessel, BB Connector in preparedness. Other resources mobilised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration will be demobilised on an ongoing basis. The pilots’ assignment has been changed from “rescue” to an “ordinary emergency towing” assignment.
Update at 07:40 on Thursday 23 February:
The anchors were up and the towing started at 07:15.
Update at 06:05 on Thursday 23 February:
The anchor operation to prepare the disabled vessel for emergency towing started at 06:00.
Update at 22:35 on Wednesday 22 February:
The tug BB Borgøy arrived at the disabled vessel and connected the towing gear on board at 21:15. Currently there are two tugboats with their towing equipment connected to the vessel, in addition to the vessel having two anchors in use.
The ship owner has entered into a rescue contract with Bukser og Berging. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is supervising the planned rescue of the disabled vessel.
There is a storm in the area. The resources mobilised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration will remain in the area overnight and up until the time the vessel has been towed to safety. Towing of the disabled vessel will not be commenced tonight, but in all probability on Thursday morning during the hours of daylight, when the weather permits.
Original case, published on 22/02 at 19:55:
The Norwegian Coastal Administration’s main focus is to secure the disabled vessel in order to avoid it drifting onto the shore and running aground. It is positioned in inhospitable waters between Feistein and the beach of Hellestø at Jæren with its anchors in the sea. The Norwegian Coastal Administration has engaged tugs from Bukser og Berging, and earlier today BB Server was able to connect towing gear on board.
A pilot was put on board the disabled vessel this afternoon by the Norwegian Coastal Administration. BB Borgøy is on its way and calculates it will be in position later this evening and will attempt to connect its towing gear. There will then be two tugs holding the disabled vessel in position. The limitations of the inhospitable waters and the weather conditions mean that it is not possible for larger vessels to get to the disabled vessel safely.
KV Bergen is maintaining the role of Response Leader Sea on behalf of the Norwegian Coastal Administration and is located a short distance away. The weather is a challenge, and when both the tugs are connected an evaluation will be made as to whether the disabled vessel should be towed to an emergency harbour tonight, or if it should stay put during the night and await towing when the weather has calmed tomorrow.
We are continuing our search for the owner and insurer, but since a government operation has been established the Norwegian Coastal Administration will independently start implementing any necessary measures on behalf of the owner. We have also mobilised the oil countermeasure resources from the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s depots and OV Utvær.
IUA Rogaland has been notified and inspected the beach areas earlier today. These resources are prepared should the situation develop into an oil protection action.
- According to information from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, Tide Carrier is owned by Julia Shipping Inc. of Charlestown in Saint Kitts and Nevis and is registered in Comoros.
- The crew of 20 are mainly from India, plus one Russian.
- The vessel was built in Ukraine in 1989.
- It has approximately 600 m3 heavy oil and 300 m3 diesel on board.
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