The 56 meter long research vessel Arctic Opilio ran aground in the Tromsø Sound near Tromsø, Norway. The crew was able to refloat the vessel a short time later and proceeded to Tromsø. Authorities were alerted of the incident by witnesses. No reports of injuries. No further details reported.
The 60 meter long research vessel Geos caught fire off Kuala Baram, Malaysia. The fire started after an explosion in the engine room while doing offshore oil exploration. The fire quickly engulfed the research vessel forcing the crew to jump overboard into the sea. Authorities were alerted and quickly launched a search and rescue operation. Rescuers arrived on scene all pulled 37 of the 38 crew to safety. Two crew sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. One crew person was reported as missing.
Several tugs arrived a short time later and began to extinguish the blaze on the Geos. The tugs were able to contain the fire, but reports state there were several areas within the superstructure still on fire. Fire crews were expected to board the vessel and continue to extinguish the blaze. Reports state the owner and authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 17, the 56 meter long, 500 dwt research vessel Kristine Bonnevie became disabled off Orknøyane, Norway. The Kristine Bonnevie suffered engine failure and the crew was unable to make repairs. Unable to drop anchor, the Kristine Bonnevie went adrift. The crew requested assistance with a Norwegian Coastguard patrol boat and NSSR lifeboat responding. The patrol boat arrived and towed the Kristine Bonnevie as far as Sletta where the NSSR lifeboat took over the tow. The lifeboat towed the Kristine Bonnevie to a shipyard in Bømlo. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.