The 18 meter long fishing vessel Tranquility BF 7 suffered water ingress in the North Sea off Unst, Shetland. The crew discovered the vessel had flooding via its fish hold and sent out a distress call requesting assistance. Two lifeboats with a coastguard helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter dropped a dewatering pump to the Tranquility which was able to bring the flooding under control. The lifeboats escorted the Tranquility back to port. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
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.
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.