The 122 meter long, 902 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Kong Harald became disabled off Nordkinn, Norway. The Kong Harald had departed from Kirkenes when it suffered a partial power blackout after a fault developed in one of the engines. With the weather deteriorating as a strong storm approached the area, the master of the Kong Harald contacted the JRCC in case it would be necesarry to evacuate the passengers and crew. The JRCC dispatched the patrol vessel Barentshav to the scene. The Barentshav escorted the Kong Harald initially towards Honningsvåg, but the ferry later proceeded to Tromsø. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 122 meter long ro-ropassenger ferry Kong Harald was damaged while off Berlevåg, Norway. The Kong Harald had traveled a short distance from Berlevåg with 225 passengers and 50 crew when it was struck by a large rogue wave. Witnesses stated a 15 meter high wave smashed into the ferry. Multiple windows along the upper deck were smashed. The wheelhouse also had some windows broken resulting in some electronics and instruments failing. Two persons onboard sustained minor injuries. The Kong Harald diverted its course to Honningsvåg where it replaced the broken windows before it proceeded on to Harstad where it receive a detailed inspection.
Reports state the 122 meter long, 902 dwt passenger ship Kong Harald had damaged its hull while crossing the Lepsøyrevet. The Kong Harald had left Alesund with 226 people on board heading towards Molde, Norway. When the vessel reached midway, it struck bottom. The Lepsøyrevet area has shallow areas of 5.4 meters deep at low tide while the Kong Harald hull reaches 5 meters underwater. When divers did an inspection, the damage was significant with two bottom tanks holed. Passengers were informed they would be transferred to other forms of transport including bus, plane or ship. Many passengers had planned a 11 day cruise of the Norwegian coast on the Kong Harald. The Kong Harald is set to be dry docked for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution being reported.