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.
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.