The 26 meter long, 31 dwt offshore supply vessel Njord Forseti allided with a wind turbine in the Borkum Riffgrund wind farm in the North Sea. The Njord Forseti bow sustained significant damage including a half meter crack in the hull allowing water ingress. The vessel’s own pumps kept the flooding under control. Three crew on board the Njord Forseti were injured during the incident. One crewman severely injured was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in the Netherlands. A DGzRS lifeboat was dispatched from Borkum to the scene. The lifeboat escorted the Njord Forseti back to the port of Eemshaven. No reports of pollution released.
The 46 meter long, 98 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Spiekeroog 4 ran aground at the harbour entrance to Neuharlingersiel, Germany. The ferry was en route to Neuharlingersiel from Spiekeroog with 140 passengers when it became stuck just outside the island port. The Skiekeroog 4 requested assistance with the DGzRS lifeboat from Neuharlingersiel responding. The lifeboat tried to free the ro-ro ferry, but the Skiekeroog 4 would not budge. The ferry would remain stuck for another 7 hours until the rising tide allowed the Skiekeroog 4 to break free and berth in Neuharlingersiel. Passengers were offered free meals during the delay. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state authorities will conduct a survey for any new sandbars in the area.
The 31 meter long supply vessel World Calima caught fire off a wind farm near Heligoland, Germany. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly disabled the vessel. The crew shut off the engine room and used the CO2 fire suppressant to extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries to 5 crew on board.
Authorities were alerted to the disabled World Calima who dispatched a DGzRS lifeboat assisted by other Naval vessels. The lifeboat towed the disabled World Calima to port. No reports of pollution released.