The 120 metres long LNG-powered ro-ro cargo vessel MV Kvitbjørn, owned by Nor Lines, will need some repair works after it ran aground near Ulsteinvik in the Ålesund area in Norway on Sunday.
“Preliminary inspection shows that some steel work has to be done on the hull, hence docking of MV Kvitbjørn is required,” Sigurd Ur, Director for Sales & Marketing at Nor Lines told LNG World News in an e-mailed statement.
The incident happened at 08:50 and the vessel was afloat at 20:45 on Sunday, and assisted to Ålesund for discharging of cargo and inspection.
“No personal injury, pollution or damage of cargo occurred during the incident,” Ur said.
Nor Lines has mobilized the company’s MV Cometa in order for her to replace the LNG-powered ferry for the repair time required.
The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Ålesund on Tuesday afternoon. It will load the cargo which was on board Kvitbjørn and proceed northbound, Ur added.
The 2015 built LNG-powered Kvitbjørn entered operation in April this year following a naming ceremony which was held in Stavanger, Norway.
Together with its sister ship MV Kvitnos that is scheduled for delivery in July, Kvitbjørn operates between Cuxhaven and a variety of Norwegian ports.
The ship, which is about 21 metres wide, has a cargo capacity of 122 TEUs, about 1,000 lane metres and it is equipped with an onboard crane able to lift 80 tonnes.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Nor Lines