Live fish carrier lost propulsion after propeller fouled in nets off Iceland

live fish carrier Gunnar TordarsonThe live fish carrier Gunnar Tordarson suffered propulsion failure after propeller fouled in nets off Bildudalur, Iceland. The vessel was proceeding to load product from fishing farms Denmark Strait, when passed through fishing nets and her propeller untangled and suffered damages. The vessel lost propulsion power and remained adrift in severe weather conditions and strong winds. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched Iceland Coast Guard ship Thor, which remains on standby ready to town the disabled vessel to Bildudalur after weather improves. There is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the live fish carrier Gunnar Tordarson.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The damages caused by the vessel will be assessed and will be covered by the shipowner.

There were no injured people during the accident, but the vessel suffered sufficient damages and will need of repairs before return in service.

The live fish carrier Gunnar Tordarson (IMO: 8101379) has overall length of 40.00 m, moulded beam of 8.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 320 DWT and the gross tonnage is 312 GRT. The ship was built in 1982 by Moen Slip shipyard in Kolvereid, Norway.