This buoy felt homesick and sailed over 700 kilometers back to the factory it came from in Sunnmøre
A buoy that was produced here in Sunnmøre and sent to the Faroe Islands, suddenly appeared on the shore outside Ålesund.
On a long trip: Although it may seem that this buoy would prefer to return home to Sunnmøre, it will now be sent back to the owners in the Faroe Islands.
Some time ago, the local environmental organization “Plastfree Ocean” from Giske found a large yellow buoy during a clean-up operation. This time there was beach cleaning on one of the beaches at Molnes. When they found the large buoy during the operation, they secured the buoy ashore. Through the marking of the buoy and ID number, they contacted the manufacturer of the buoy.
The manufacturer thus turned out to be Polyform AS from Ålesund. They produce and sell buoys and boat fenders that are sold to the whole world. Polyform AS then started trying to find out who had become the owner of the buoy they had produced at their factory in Blindheim.
Shortly afterwards, they found out that this buoy had been delivered to one of their customers in the Faroe Islands. Polyform contacted its customer, who was able to confirm that one of their buoys had disappeared from the quay during a storm this winter.
And then it may indicate that the buoy decided to go home again to Sunnmøre.
- After over 700 kilometers (in a straight line) it reached its destination after a long period of bad weather off our coastline here on Sunnmøre. And it made a landing on one of the nice beaches out on Molnes, writes Polyform AS in a press release.
They then started a rescue operation, and Polyform had the buoy towed around Molnes and loaded it into a car.
The buoy is now back at the factory it originally came from, and is being examined for damage.
- The owner in the Faroe Islands is as surprised as us about the buoy with homesickness, and is happy that it was found and picked up by the sea. The buoys are designed so that they will withstand extremely much and will not disintegrate, so that even such a journey across the sea will go well. Fortunately, it came ashore and was found, so we had to remove it, writes Polyform.
As a thank you, Polyform has supported the organization “Plastic free Ocean” with a finder’s fee.