On February 17, the 56 meter long, 500 dwt research vessel Kristine Bonnevie became disabled off Orknøyane, Norway. The Kristine Bonnevie suffered engine failure and the crew was unable to make repairs. Unable to drop anchor, the Kristine Bonnevie went adrift. The crew requested assistance with a Norwegian Coastguard patrol boat and NSSR lifeboat responding. The patrol boat arrived and towed the Kristine Bonnevie as far as Sletta where the NSSR lifeboat took over the tow. The lifeboat towed the Kristine Bonnevie to a shipyard in Bømlo. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.