On January 31, the 87 foot long fishing vessel Sunnfjord sank off Cape Alava, Washington. The Sunnfjord had suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps had failed. Unable to control the flooding, the crew contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched several cutters, motor lifeboats and a helicopter to scene. Rescuers arrived on scene and first attempted to pass over dewatering pumps to the Sunnfjord. The pumps were unable to stop the flooding and the five crew abandoned ship. The crew were rescued before the Sunnfjord sank in 300 feet of water. No reports of injuries. The Sunnfjord had some 800 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking.
The 80 meter long, 820 dwt ro-ro ferry Laerdal allided with the 64 meter long, 250 dwt ro-ro ferry Sunnfjord near Vangsnes, Norway. The Laerdal was approaching the quay where the Sunnfjord was moored when it suffered a fault with the propulsion system. The Laerdal struck the side of the Sunnfjord. No reports of injuries to passengers or crew on both vessels. No further details reported.