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Götheborg of Sweden’s departure is delayed until Monday
The ship Götheborg, which was set to leave for Stockholm tomorrow, 15 August, will be pushed back one day, to Monday 16 August.
During the day on Saturday, the spritsail yard under the bowsprit, broke on the ship Götheborg. Work is now under way to replace the yard with a spare yard. Unfortunately, this is a time-consuming process, and together with all the other work that must be done on the ship when the whole crew is on site, the departure will be delayed by 24 hours.
16 deckhands were out on the yard when it broke. While a dramatic experience for those involved, no one was injured, and the process of helping people off the yard went smooth.
The yard that broke is an important part of the rig and for the stability of the bowsprit, which makes it necessary to replace.
The rig is regularly inspected to discover potential problems. In this case there were nothing on the outside that indicated problems with the yard.
" The ship has not sailed for several years, and even with extensive work being carried out over the last years, it’s inevitable that we will discover problems. That is why it is so important for us to do this sail and to test the ship. In this case unfortunately the repairs are time-consuming", said Peter Alexandersson, CEO SOIC Ship Management.
" Having to move the date and time for departure is obviously not what we want, but the safety and well-being of our crew is always our main priority, together with making sure that the ship is in excellent condition."
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