Authorities began to transport the Fjordvik cargo ship to Keflavík harbour on Friday night, RÚV reports. The cargo ship, which was transporting cement, ran aground last Saturday at Helguvík harbour near Keflavík. It was important to refloat and move the ship to a new location as quickly as possible, as it was doing damage where it ran aground at Helguvík.
After rescuing the Fjordvik’s 15 crew members during extremely rough weather, authorities then set about emptying the ship of the 104 tonnes of gasoline on board. The process of pumping the gasoline off the ship took several days, however, as the first pumps that were being used were not sufficiently powerful for the job.
It was initially feared that fuel was leaking into the surrounding waters via a breach in the hull, but closer examination later in the week proved these fears to be unfounded. It’s thought that the slick that authorities assumed to be fuel leaking from the engine room was caused by sea water going in and out of the engine compartment and carrying engine oil with it.
Watch a video of the transport here.