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Norway Hurtigruten prospects looking up. Authorities in Ålesund have had more success in stabilising MS ’Nordlys’ after having called in international reinforcements. There is still a danger the damaged Hurtigruten vessel could capsize, but latest accounts say the ship is now listing 10 degrees to port instead of approximately 22 degrees this morning. Sunnmøre District Police operations leader Leif Arne Valderhaug tells VG, "We are cautiously optimistic. It's going the right way even though we do not have the situation under control yet."

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Norway Hurtigruten prospects looking up

Published on Friday, 16th September, 2011 at 09:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th September 2011 at 13:12.

Authorities in Ålesund have had more success in stabilising MS ’Nordlys’ after having called in international reinforcements.

MS 'Nordlys' listing in Ålesund harbour
MS 'Nordlys' listing in Ålesund harbour
Photo: André Ulveseter/Kystverket/Flickr


There is still a danger the damaged Hurtigruten vessel could capsize, but latest accounts say the ship is now listing 10 degrees to port instead of approximately 22 degrees this morning.

Sunnmøre District Police operations leader Leif Arne Valderhaug tells VG, "We are cautiously optimistic. It's going the right way even though we do not have the situation under control yet."

A team from Holland installed the five extra pumps today to jettison 2,500 litres per hour each.Work to empty the engine-room is almost complete.

"They managed to close the valve at approximately 17:00, which means water is no longer flowing in. The water is being pumped into tank lorries on land because it contains so much oil," Officer Valderhaug said to NRK earlier this evening.

Police also say cargo hold number two has been emptied of water, but the level remains high in the first hold because some leaks have still not been plugged.

Fire crews had fought against rising water levels inside the ship all night between Thursday and today following hull damage sustained in the accident. A complete power failure meant onboard pumps were useless. Extra ones brought in struggled to keep the high level of water from firefighting and the abrasion unchanged, and the ship was listing badly at one point.

Meanwhile, there are still fears ‘Nordlys’ could leak its 300 cubic metres of fuel and pollute the harbor.

The ship is boomed off, but according to Ålesund Police Chief Steven Hasseldal, “It’s essential to increase these.”

Police are also unsure what would happen if the ship did capsize, and evacuated the area.

“One scenario is that it rollover gradually, and lie there before sinking. A quicker capsize could damage the jetty and cause some waves," they said.

Yesterday’s catastrophic fire, believed to have been caused by an explosion in the engine-room caused the death of two crew, named by police as being 18-year-old Steffen Ulvatne from Honningsvåg and Geir Terje Isaksen, 57, from Tverlandet, Bodø. 12 personnel were injured, two of them critically, a 28 and 54-year-old. They are still in a serious condition.

207 passengers were also evacuated. One passenger was admitted to hospital with breathing problems today, and two of the hospitalised crew have now been discharged.

Watch the video of MS 'Nordlys' tilting to port courtesy of the Norwegian Coastal Administration below.


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Published on Friday, 16th September, 2011 at 09:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th September 2011 at 13:12.

This post has the following tags: msnordlysenginefire, aalesundemergency.





  
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