The 48 meter long fishing vessel Norma Mary caught fire in the Barents Sea north of the Finnmark coast of Norway. The fire started in one of the trawler‘s freezersand the crew was able to isolate the blaze, but the heavy smoke prevented the crew from determining if the fire had been extinguished. The Norma Mary requested assistance with two helicopters from Svalbard along with a patrol boat and two fishing vessels headed to the scene. The helicopters arrived several hours later and lowered fire fighters to the trawler. They were able to penetrate the smoke and found the fire had been extinguished. The fire had done significant damage and the vessel suffered some minor water ingress. No reports of injuries to the 19 crew on board. A pump was put on board the Norma Mary as it proceeds to back to Iceland.
On July 31, the 70 meter long fishing vessel Havbryn became disabled in the Barents Sea near Hopen Island. The Havbryn had its propeller damaged and the crew could no longer control the trawler. The Havbryn requested assistance with the Coast Guard vessel KV Barentshav dispatched to the scene. The Coast Guard vessel arrived and found the Havbryn disabled in rough seas. Divers were sent to inspect the propeller, but conditions were to rough. The Coast Guard concluded to tow the Havbryn to the lee off Svalbard which provided shelter for the divers. However, when the KV Barentshav arrived off the islands with the trawler in tow, it found conditions too dangerous with strong currents and winds. Therefore, it was decided to tow the Havbryn back to the mainland port of Honningsvåg.
The 136 meter long, 1184 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Midnatsol caught fire in the Barents Sea off Vardø, Norway. The crew was alerted to smoke coming from a fuse board on the vessel. Emergency services responded and the fire was quickly extinguished. No reports of injuries, but one person was taken to the doctor as a precaution. No reports of damage or pollution released. The Midnatsol was able to continue on its voyage to Vadsø and Kirkenes later the same day.