On January 31, the 45 meter long, 250 dwt expedition vessel Freya ran aground on a reef near Askvoll, Norway. The Freya was proceeding to Florø with 9 crew on board when it struck the Flatøyna reef. Unable to free herself, the crew requested assistance. A NSSR lifeboat from Måløy was dispatched to the scene and was able to pull the Freya free on the rising tide. No reports of injuries. The Freya was able to proceed under her own power to Florø where it was later surveyed. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.
The 65 meter long, 835 dwt research vessel Johan Hjort became disabled off Alden Island near Askvoll, Norway. The vessel suffered a complete power outage when the engines failed. The Johan Hjort was in danger of going ashore when the crew was able to drop anchor just 250 meters off shore. Authorities immediately deployed two Norwegian naval vessels to the scene. The frigate Thor Heyerdahl took the Johan Hjort under tow to Bergen, Norway. There were no injuries of the 25 crew on board.