The 29 meter long passenger ferry Nordfolda became disabled off Bliksvær, Norway. The Nordfolda had departed from Sandhornøy headed to Bodø heading into strong winds and heavy weather. Due to rough conditions, the master of the Nordfolda asked passengers to remain seated. Ten minutes later, there was a loud bang on the ferry. The ferry suffered a power black out as the main engine failed and water began to flow down from the upper deck. Two windows had been blown out allowing water ingress. The vessel sent out a distress call and asked the passengers on board were told to put on survival suits. Several vessels including a NSSR lifeboat responded to the ferry’s mayday and arrived on scene within the hour. The lifeboat took the Nordfolda under towed to Bodø. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The ferry was later taken under tow to Burøya.
The 48 meter long dredger Perla sank just one hour after being launched from a drydock at Reykjavik, Iceland. The Perla was launched this morning and quickly developed a list to starboard. The crew alerted local firefighters who broke pumps, but the flooding could not be brought under control. The two crew on the Perla were evacuated and the dredger went down by the bow off a quay leaving a small sheen on the surface. Booms were placed around the sunken hull to control any pollution released. Reports state some 12000 litres of diesel fuel was on board at the time.
Authorities reported that the flooding was caused by a mistake at the shipyard. The shutters in the hull had not been closed when the vessel had been launched.
The Perla will be refloated on the following low tide when pumps can empty the holds of water. The dredger was engaged in the dredging of the harbor at Reykjavik.