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‘NORTHGUIDER’ TO BE CUT UP FOR REMOVAL: Shrimp trawler infamously shipwrecked in north Svalbard since end of 2018 will be dissected on-site this summer, according to latest plan

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A shrimp trawler that has become globally notorious for eye-catching “shipwreck” photos since being grounded on ice and rocks in north Svalbard since December of 2018 is now scheduled to be cut up this summer for removal after previous attempts to salvage and/or remove it intact proved futile, according to officials.

The Northguider has been stuck in Hinlopenstretet since its grounding caused engine failure and heavily listing, resulting in a dramatic rescue from Svalbard of the 14 crew members. Removal of fuel and other hazardous materials occurred in the weeks and months after, although hostile weather and surface conditions impaired efforts at times.

A Dutch salvage company hired to remove the Northguider last summer found damage to the vessel was more serious than thought which, complicated by poor ice and weather conditions, resulted in the project being abandoned in October.

The strait has been fully frozen this winter for the first time in 30 years, causing officials to worry it might further damage the vessel, according to NRK, which first reported the new removal plan. Accordingly, removing it in pieces is seen as the most environmentally friendly alternative.

“The current plan is to cut it into pieces, lift these over onto a barge and transport them to the mainland. We are now awaiting detailed plans from the salvaging company,” Rune Bergstrøm, a senior advisor at the Norwegian Coastal Administration, told the news agency.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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