On February 21, the 21 meter long, 145 gt fishing vessel Ocean Freja became disabled in the North Sea off Thyborøn, Denmark. The Ocean Freja had lost power after an engine failure and gone adrift 30 miles off shore. The crew requested assistance with the lifeboat Martha Lerche responding. Large waves caused by the stormy conditions made connecting the towline difficult, but the Martha Lerche was able to take the Ocean Freja under tow. The two vessels arrived safely in Thyborøn. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 36 meter long, 107 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Femøsund ran aground at Femø, Denmark. The ferry was approaching the ferry terminal at Femø when the vessel suffered a steering malfunction. Unable to control the propellers, the master of the Femøsund maneuvered the ferry away from the quay at Femø, but ran aground near by. No reports of injuries to the 7 passengers and 2 crew on board. Everyone on board had to wait a few hours until a search and rescue boat arrived on scene. A tug was also dispatched to pull the Femøsund free. The ferry will undergo repairs and be inspected before going back into service.
The 75 meter long, 1537 dwt cargo vessel Darwin ran aground in the Lillebælt off Årø Island, Denmark. The Darwin was heading for Kolding from Hamburg with a cargo of sunflower meal when it grounded in shallow water. No reports of injuries.
The Darwin remained aground as authorities requested diver to inspect the hull for damage. Reports state the cargo vessel had grounded near a fish farm and authorities were concerned over possible release of pollution.
Divers inspected the hull and found no damage. The tug Baltsund was dispatched to the scene and pulled the Darwin free. The Darwin continued on its voyage to Kolding.