Oslo: LNG powered roro cargo vessel Kvitbjorn (5,000 dwt, built 2015), which has only been in service with Nor Lines since April, ran aground over the weekend off Ulsteinvik, Norway.
The incident occurred Sunday when the vessel suddenly went off course on its way to Alesund via Ulsteinvik under fine conditions. It was grounded until around 10pm, and towed to Ulsteinvik Port where it underwent inspection.
While some damage occurred to the vessel, no leak was reported, and the grounding has been put down to a mechanical failure. The vessel was built in China at Tsuji Heavy Industries Jiangsu and Nor Lines has a sister vessel, Kvitnos, coming into operation next month from the same yard.
There were 15 onboard, with no injuries reported.