Cargo ship with disabled rudder taken on tow, Norway

Cargo ship MS FOLLA 2 suffered steering failure with rudder being stuck, unable to move, W of Narvik, Norway, in the evening Jan 8, while en route from Bodo to Svolvar. SAR boats responded, rudder was moved amidships, allowing towage. FOLLA 2 was taken on tow by SAR boat DET NORSKE VERITAS at around 2300 UTC Jan 8, to be towed to Lodingen, north of accident site. As of morning Jan 9, caravan was approaching Lodingen.
Cargo ship MS FOLLA 2, IMO 8112574, GT 977, built 1982, flag Norway, owner Norsk Fisketransport AS.



My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.