The Russian fishing trawler Almak ran aground at Tomasjordnes in Tromso, Norway. The nearby vessels and witnesses reported the accident to the local police and firefighting department, who dispatched teams to investigation the accident. According to preliminary information, the grounding was caused by human mistake, as the trawler run into a sandy shallow with her bow. The local authorities do not exclude the skipper to be impaired by alcohol and took blood samples from the Russian fisherman. Later the vessel was refloated with assistance of harbor tug and anchored during the investigation. Fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution.
“It looks like it’s gone aground. We have to go out and assess the scope and to find out what has happened”, said the operations manager Steinar Gudmundsen Nordlys.
The Russian fishing trawler Almak (IMO: 9214410) has overall length of 41.00 m, moulded beam of 11.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The gross tonnage of the ship 856 GRT and deadweight of 358 DWT. The vessel was built in 2001 by Scheepswerf Visser in their shipyard in Den Helder, Netherlands.