The 82 meter long fishing vessel Ro North ran aground off Roan in South-Trøndelag, Norway. The Ro North had suffered engine failure and went adrift in a strong breeze. The fish carrier was pushed by the wind up onto a nearby reef.
The crew of the Ro North were able to restart the engine, but need assistance in order to refloat the vessel. They requested assistance with the nearby vessel Aqua Power responding. When the Aqua Power arrived, the Ro North launched its tender to pass a towline over. The Aqua Power was able then to pull the Ro North off the reef.
One crewman of the Ro North sustained an injury during the salvage operation. He had been injured when a hawser line snapped and suffered several fractures. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene and airlifted the injured crewman safely off the Ro North. He was later taken to hospital for treatment.
The Ro North proceeded to Bessaker where it will be inspected for damage. No reports of pollution released.
The barge carrier Tide Carrier was taken under tow today headed for Tysvær. Reports state the tugs were proceeding at a speed of about four knots. Estimates place the cost of keeping the Tide Carrier from running ashore around $500,000 USD.
News reports state the Norwegian shipping authority had found several problems on the Tide Carrier while it was in port last week at Høylandsbygd in Kvinnherad. The problems were significant enough that the vessel should have been detained in port until repairs were completed. No reports if any repairs were completed before the Tide Carrier left port. Inspectors will examine the vessel and determine if any further action will be taken.
On February 22, the 263 meter long barge carrier Tide Carrier became disabled off the coast of Jæren, Norway. The vessel was en route to the Hoylands in a stiff wind when it suffered engine failure. The barge carrier drifted towards shore thus the crew dropped the anchors while they attempted to restart the engine. The anchors held, but the Tide Carrier was just a mere 100 meters off the shore.
The JRCC was alerted and dispatched a Coast Guard vessel, rescue boats and multiple tugs to the scene. As conditions worsen, the JRCC dispatched a helicopter to evacuate four nonessential crew. One crewman sustained an injury and was also airlifted off the Tide Carrier. This left just 15 persons on board the Tide Carrier.
Later reports stated the Tide Carrier was holding steady. Two tugs were able to attach tow lines while two anchors were holding firm. No attempts to pull the Tide Carrier free as seas remain heavy. Reports state towing operations will start on the following day as weather should improve. No reports of damage or pollution released.