|The 2004 Rocknes drama: Past and present|
Weber Smit, A. (2009). The 2004 Rocknes drama: Past and present. Hydro International 13(3): 30-31
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In January 2004, the M/V Rocknes hit a shoal in Vatlestraumen near Bergen (Norway), just minutes after leaving harbour. Only 11 of the 29 crew members survived the freezing waters. 228 of 555 leaked tons of oil were removed during the six months after the accident. Oil traces can still be found along adjacent shorelines today. Although Norwegian authorities immediately investigated the disaster, responsibility for the accident remains undetermined. Was it navigational misjudgement or were the charts not up-to-date? Financial claims by various parties led to a reopening of the case in February 2009. The verdict was expected in March.