On January 15, the 56 meter long cargo vessel Star Lord became disabled in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua, Taiwan. The Star Lord was en route to South Korea from Kaohsiung, Taiwan when it suffered a cargo shift. The vessel sustained a significant list to port. Unable to correct the list, the crew dropped anchor and sent out a distress call. Taiwanese maritime authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all 7 crew off the Star Lord to safety. No reports of injuries.
No reports on salvage efforts for the cargo vessel. Authorities state the Star Lord remains afloat and continues to monitor the area.
On September 28. the 62 meter long fishing vessel Krossfjord became disabled off Kristiansund, Norway. The trawler had suffered engine failure and was unable to restore power. The Krossfjord requested assistance and the patrol boat Sortland responding. The Sortland took the Krossfjord under tow back to Kristiansund. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 55 meter long, 839 dwt cargo vessel Heiko caught fire off Flatøy, Norway. The Heiko was proceeding in ballast in heavy seas when it suffered engine failure. Soon after a fire broke out in the engine room and quickly spread to other compartments on the Heiko. The four crew on board sent out a distress call stating the Heiko was disabled and on fire. Authorities dispatched a rescue boat and helicopter to the scene. One crewman was saved by the rescue boat while three others were hoisted to safety by the helicopter. Reports state one crew person on the Heiko suffered a broken arm during the incident.
With heavy seas and gale force winds, rescuers were unable to combat the fire on board the Heiko. Authorities state the fire had consumed much of the vessel’s superstructure. The Heiko continued to drift until it ran aground.