READ MOREThe ship got stuck against the outer wall of the harbour with strong winds holding it firmly in place.
Relevant authorities dispatched divers to assess the size of the hole and establish whether the carrier is leaking oil, local media reported.
Additionally, reports indicate that there is seawater in the stricken vessel’s cargo hold. The authorities have launched efforts to pump out the ship’s fuel as a precaution.
According to Icelandic Coast Guard, two helicopters were sent to the scene to evacuate 14 crewmembers and a pilot who were aboard the cement carrier.
Iceland’s RÚV reported that Helguvik harbourmaster refused to allow Fjordvik to be towed into the harbour due to its risk of sinking and blocking access to ships delivering aviation fuel.
At the time of the incident the ship was on its way from Denmark’s port of Aalborg to Helguvik Port, Iceland. ■