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SHIP NAME: Server KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source Local News
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volume 290 tonness
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Norway mounted an intense effort on Saturday to clean up and contain a fuel spill from a Cypriot-registered cargo ship that ran aground on Friday on the west coast, north of Bergen, officials said. The entire 25-man crew was rescued by helicopter on Friday evening from the 180-metre Greek-owned "M/S Server" after it hit rocks near the Hellesoy lighthouse on the island of Fedje in the county of Hordaland. The ship broke in two, and the stern section sank, but the bow part was towed to calmer waters and secured, officials said.

"There is oil in the water and it has reached one part of the island where the ship ran aground," said spokeswoman Ane Eide Kjaeraas at the the Norwegian Coastal Administration which is leading the clean-up. "It has reached the west of side Fedje." The Coastal Administration estimated that 290 tonnes of heavy fuel oil spilt into the water, Eide Kjaeraas said. "It is a serious accident - absolutely," she said.

The "Server", which was carrying no cargo en route to Murmansk in northwestern Russia, had 585 tonnes of bunker fuel oil and 72 tonnes of marine diesel aboard when it ran aground, the Coastal Administration said in a statement. "We have high seas, quite intense wind in the area so it is hard to estimate visually how much oil is out there," Eide Kjaeraas said. A tank that had been situated where the ship broke in two held 290 tonnes of bunkers. Another tank with capacity of 300 tonnes is in the bow section that has been secured, she said.

Environmental groups feared the fuel could drift to a nearby bird sanctuary where a large number of birds have wintered due to unseasonally mild weather this year. But Eide Kjaeraas said no oil had been observed in the area.


source INTERCARGO
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Grounded in heavy weather and the vessel broke intwo. Pollution from escaping bunker oil. Pilot reported to have left the vessel a short itme before the incident occured.


source GISIS
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volume 370 tonnes
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At 1730 GMT, 12 January 2007, The 180-metre vessel SERVER hit rocks in a storm off the west coast of Norway, near the island of Fedje, and split in two some four hours later. The ship ran aground due to reduced power resulting from a severe storm. An estimated 370-tonnes of oil seeped from the vessel. The ship was not carrying any cargo but contained 585 tonnes of heavy fuel and 72 tonnes of diesel for its own use. The 25-person crew were safely evacuated from the ship by helicopter. There is concern for the longer-term environmental impacts, as there are a number of bird sanctuaries in the area. The bow section of the stricken vessel was towed to a protected harbour in Agotnes on Saturday. The stern of the vessel sank.


source CTX
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The Gisis entry is not much help, but hints at a machinery problem. The Intercargo entry hints that stopping to disembark pilot may have been a factor. But we just don't know.