Wellboat loaded with fish ran aground

At 2220 on Saturday evening, the Northern Norway Rescue Center reported that a wellboat had run aground in Raftsundet in Nordland.

The boat that had run aground is the 84 meter long “Harald Martin”, owned by the fish farming company Nordlaks.

According to the newspaper Lofotposten, the grounding occurred around 2000.

No injuries
Lars Fredrik Martinussen, communications manager at Nordlaks, confirmed to VOL that there were no injuries or damage to the boat.

Photo: Tor Steinsbu

It was low tide when the grounding occurred. As the water level rose, “Harald Martin” was able to get free with his own help.

“The wellboat “Harald Martin” is free by its own engine,” wrote Nordlaks salesman Tor Steinsbu in a message to SalmonBusiness shortly after midnight.

Steinsbu got a panoramic view when the 84-metre-long wellboat, loaded with fish for slaughter, ran aground on a sandy bottom in Raftsundet.

Photo: Tor Steinsbu

“Yep. It ran aground right outside my kitchen window at the cabin, he said.

The course was set north, towards the Nordlaks factory on Børøya, close to Stokmarknes.

“It will be followed by the service boat “Arthur” and the rescue boat “Sundt Flyer” to Stokmarknes,” wrote Steinsbu.

Early on Sunday morning, “Harald Martin” is moored at the Nordlaks processing plant at Børøya, Marine Traffic shows.

Source: Marine Traffic

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