The Malta Maritime Authority is investigating the marine accident involving the Maltese registered ship MV Mirabelle which was reported to have gone aground early this morning in Hardanger Fjord, Norway. At the time of the accident the 3113 GT cargo vessel was carrying timber.
All 10 crew members, of Norwegian and Russian nationality, were safely evacuated from the vessel by the Norwegian rescue services. No pollution in the area was reported. Salvage operations are being carried out accordingly and the situation is said to be contained.
The Malta Maritime Authority is closely monitoring the situation keeping close contact with the safety managers of the ship and liaising with the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board in the investigation of the causes leading to this accident.