German submarine U-864 was torpedoed by its British counterpart, HMS Venturer, off the island of Fedje on the Norwegian west coast on 9 February 1945 while en route from Germany to Japan. All hands were lost. Mercury, lead, steel and other war materiel were being carried by the submarine. Old documents indicate that its cargo included 65-70 tonnes of mercury stored in steel flasks. The wreck of U-864 was rediscovered by the Norwegian Navy in 2003, resting on the seabed at a depth of 150 metres. It has broken into two large sections (bow and stern), plus a lot of smaller debris from the midships.
Historical response exercise in Skagerrak
An increase in incidents involving chemical spills spills, previous incidents and an increased maritime traffic forms the backdrop for the largest oil and chemical pollution exercise ever held in Norway.
The counter fill operation started with a press meeting
To present the operations starting now, the NCA and Van Oord welcomed the press on board the vessel MV "Siddis Mariner" Tuesday, 3 May.
Aiming to fight oil spills with water
Establishing whether water can replace chemicals in cleaning up oil slicks has moved a step closer after tests at the Norwegian centre for testing of oil spill response equipment in Horten south of Oslo.
Testing clean-up preparedness off Svalbard
A recent planning conference has set objectives for an oil spill response exercise planned by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in cooperation with the governor of Svalbard.
Preparing for increased shipping in the high North
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is already starting measures this year to increase the safety at sea around Svalbard. It is occurring as a result of an expected increase in traffic in the waters around the archipelago.
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