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  1. * FEBRUARY 18, 2011, 7:51 A.M. ET

    Norway, Sweden Work to Contain Oil Spill


    STOCKHOLM—The coast guards of Norway and Sweden are co-operating to handle a large oil spill that has reached the coast of Fredrikstad, southern Norway, after Icelandic container vessel Godafoss ran aground late Thursday.

    Ragnhild Bussqvist, duty officer at Kustbevakningen, the Swedish coastguard, told Dow Jones Newswires one of its aircraft had detected a 2.5-kilometer oil stain in the area.

    Johan Marius Ly, emergency department director at Kystverket, the Norwegian Coastal Administration, said some oil had hit the shoreline near the accident location, but that most of the spill was drifting away from land.

    The grounding of the Godafoss container ship occurred Thursday evening, off the islands of Hvaler near the Swedish border, some 100 meters from the shoreline. The location is close to Outer Hvaler natural park, which consists of muddy seabeds and rocky seabottoms with a rich coral underwater ecosystem.

    “Currently the oil has drifted into the area of the natural park,” Mr. Ly said.

    Mr. Kystverket said Godafoss is carrying around 800 metric tons of heavy fuel oil, equivalent to approximately 204,800 gallons. Coast guards have concluded there are holes in two of the ship’s fuel tanks.

    “We haven’t yet been able to evaluate the full extent of the spill,” said Mr. Ly.

    With the vessel on Norwegian waters, the NCA is responsible for managing the spill response operation. It has sent two tugboats, an oil spill response vessel and two coastguard vessels to the location. The Swedish coast guard has sent an oil spill response vessel, which is currently collecting leaked heavy oil from the waters.

    The Godafoss container vessel is registered in Antigua and Barbuda and is part of the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip – CTG AS fleet. It was on its way from Fredrikstad, Norway to Helsingborg, southern Sweden. Eimskip wasn’t immediately available to comment.

    It isn’t yet clear what caused the vessel to run aground. None of the 14 crew members was hurt in the accident.



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