On February 26, the 61 meter long, 945 dwt cargo vessel Bulk Viking became disabled disabled off Offersøy, Norway. The Bulk Viking was headed to Kobbvaagen from Narvik when it struck bottom off Offersøy. The cargo vessel sustained damage or lost its rudder.
Unable to steer, the crew sent out a distress call requesting assistance. Authorities dispatched two rescue boats to the scene. The rescue boats were able to assist the Bulk Viking and proceeded to Harstad. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 88 meter long, 3818 dwt cargo vessel Isla Bartolome ran aground off the coast of Isla Puna, Ecuador. The Isla Bartolome had departed from Guayaquil bound for the Galapagos Islands with 160 containers when it struck a reef. The vessel sustained multiple hull breaches allowing uncontrolled water ingress causing the vessel to develop a strong list to starboard. The crew of the Isla Bartolome sent out a distress call before abandoning ship as they feared the cargo vessel would capsize.
Authorities dispatched rescued boats and tugs to the scene. They found the Isla Bartolome in bad shape, but found the fuel tanks had not ruptured and no pollution in the water. No reports if the Isla Bartolome will be salvaged or scrapped.
The grounding of the Isla Bartolome has impacted the citizens living on the Galapagos Islands. Authorities will airlift supplies and perishable food to the island.
The 82 meter long fishing vessel Ro North ran aground off Roan in South-Trøndelag, Norway. The Ro North had suffered engine failure and went adrift in a strong breeze. The fish carrier was pushed by the wind up onto a nearby reef.
The crew of the Ro North were able to restart the engine, but need assistance in order to refloat the vessel. They requested assistance with the nearby vessel Aqua Power responding. When the Aqua Power arrived, the Ro North launched its tender to pass a towline over. The Aqua Power was able then to pull the Ro North off the reef.
One crewman of the Ro North sustained an injury during the salvage operation. He had been injured when a hawser line snapped and suffered several fractures. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene and airlifted the injured crewman safely off the Ro North. He was later taken to hospital for treatment.
The Ro North proceeded to Bessaker where it will be inspected for damage. No reports of pollution released.