Norway Cleared in Rocknes – Don’t Trust Our Charts Says Mapping Agency

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Jan 132011
 

Salvors tackle Rocknes. Photo: www.rocknessalvage.com

Gard Norway’s attempts to secure compensation from the Norwegian government for sinking of the stone-carrier Rocknes with loss of 18 lives have been refused by Oslo District court of appeal. Gard, togther with a dozen insurance companies and the vessel’s owner, held that the Norwegian government, through its mapping agency, bore responsibility for the tragedy, and subsequent oil pollution, because a hazard had not been identified on the Norwegian charts in use.

A statement by the mapping agency says: “A district court first ordered the State of Norway (i.e. the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service) to pay close to NOK 23 million in damages for having failed to include the shoal which the bulk carrier hit, in the Notices to Mariners published by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. Continue reading »

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