On February 22, the 263 meter long barge carrier Tide Carrier became disabled off the coast of Jæren, Norway. The vessel was en route to the Hoylands in a stiff wind when it suffered engine failure. The barge carrier drifted towards shore thus the crew dropped the anchors while they attempted to restart the engine. The anchors held, but the Tide Carrier was just a mere 100 meters off the shore.
The JRCC was alerted and dispatched a Coast Guard vessel, rescue boats and multiple tugs to the scene. As conditions worsen, the JRCC dispatched a helicopter to evacuate four nonessential crew. One crewman sustained an injury and was also airlifted off the Tide Carrier. This left just 15 persons on board the Tide Carrier.
Later reports stated the Tide Carrier was holding steady. Two tugs were able to attach tow lines while two anchors were holding firm. No attempts to pull the Tide Carrier free as seas remain heavy. Reports state towing operations will start on the following day as weather should improve. No reports of damage or pollution released.
On February 5, the 128 meter long, 12999 dwt chemical tanker Global Uranus ran aground off Bitung, Indonesia. The fully loaded Global Uranus was en route to Indonesia from China when ran aground off shore.
Reports state the vessel still remained aground over one week before it was finally refloated on February 16. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Details of the cause of the incident or damage to the Global Uranus were not reported.
The 58 meter long fishing vessel Geum Jeong No. 101 caught fire while berthed in Cape Town, South Africa. The fire started broke out in the hold where packaging and styrofoam was being stored. The fire quickly engulfed the superstructure while fire fighters attempted to contain the blaze.
After three days, the fire was finally extinguished, but the fishing vessel sustained significant damage. No reports of injuries. Authorities placed a boom around the Geum Jeong No. 101 to contain any potential pollution released. South African authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.