The cement carrier Cemstar ran aground in southern tip of Hugla island in Norway. The vessel was en route from Trondheim to Kjopsvik, but after technical problem hardly stuck into the shore of Jektvik. The accident was reported to the local authorities and rescue coordination center, which dispatched divers to follow underwater inspection and to estimate the damages. The cement carrier’s bow rested on the shore of the island and the low tide dried the fore part of the hull. After the inspection was found that there are no damages during grounding and were ordered two salvage tugs to refloat the troubled carrier. The ship was towed to safe depth at high tide and again inspected, before return in service.
There were no injured people and no water pollution during the accident. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the ship suffered steering gear failure and lost maneuverability. The carrier will be inspected before return in operations.
The cement carrier Cemstar (IMO: 7527849) has overall length of 113.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 6,088 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,082 GRT. The vessel was built in 1977 by Euroflex Marine shipyard in Aarhus, Denmark.