VEGA SAGITTARIUS - Grounding on 16 August 2012


On the morning of 16 August 2012, the container ship VEGA SAGITTARIUS departed from the port of Nuuk, Greenland, heading for Aasiaat in the north-western part of Greenland. 

Approximately one hour after departure, the watch keeping officer changed course in order to avoid drifting ice ahead and shortly after, the ship ran aground on a submerged rock by the entrance to Godthåbsfjorden. 

After extensive salvage work the ship was refloated on 29 August 2012 at 0532 and safely brought alongside in Nuuk. 

The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.