On January 5, the 69 meter long fishing factory trawler North Ocean caught fire in the Norwegian Sea. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room disabling the trawler. The North Ocean sent out a distress call asking for assistance. The fishing vessel Christian í Grótinum responded along with vessel Melkart II which was able to take the North Ocean under tow. The vessels proceeded towards the Faroe Islands, but the towline broke in the rough seas.
A few hours later, a Danish naval vessel and a Faroese vessel arrived and were able to re-establish a towline to the North Ocean. A crew member, on which vessel was not disclosed, sustained an injury while setting the towline. All three vessels proceeded to Tórshavn with 18 crew members of the North Shore transferred over to the Faroese vessel. The vessels arrived safely in Tórshavn a few days later. There the local fire brigade inspected the vessel and found the fire had been extinguished, but the entire engine room was badly damaged.
The 90 meter, 17702 dwt oil accommodation rig Floatel Superior became damaged in the Norwegian Sea while attached to the oil rig Njord A. The Floatel Superior had suffered water ingress after a ballast tank was holed by an anchor. The rig developed a list from the water ingress. Owners had 326 of the 374 crew evacuated by helicopters while emergency personnel stabilized the rig. The crew was able to get the Floatel Superior back on an even keel. The rig was detached from the Njord A and taken under tow by tugs and rescue vessels to Kristiansund for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 33 meter long, 283 dwt fishing vessel Ny Argo caught fire while near Hustadvika, Norway. The vessel sent out a distress call with several rescue boats responding. A Norwegian SeaRescue lifeboat reached the Ny Argo and took the fishing boat under tow. Another vessel arrived on scene and transferred fire fighting equipment. The fire was extinguished, but there was large amount of smoke through out the Ny Argo. The Ny Argo was towed to Hustadvika. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.