The 42 meter long fish carrier Ringaskjær ran aground near Hekkingen, Norway. The Ringaskjær had some 300 tons of herring on board when it struck a rock and sustained hull damage. The fish carrier suffered water ingress. The crew alerted authorities who dispatched vessels and a helicopter to the scene. The NSSR lifeboat arrived a short time later and found the Ringaskjær had sustained a large amount of flooding. The NSSR lifeboat deployed out several dewatering pumps to bring the flooding under control. Authorities removed part of the cargo of herring from the holds.
After the water ingress was controlled and the fish carrier was no longer in danger of sinking, the Ringaskjær was taken under tow to Eidkjosen by the NSSR lifeboat. No reports of injuries.
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.