On Dec 18, 2016, the "Skjervoyfisk" was disabled in Tjeldsund while en route from Lødingen to Szczecin. The lifeboat "Dagfinn Paust" of the NSSR station Andenes was called to assist and took the purse seiner in tow to Tromsø where the convoy arrived on Dec 19 around 9 a.m.
The "Burg Eberbach" (EU-No.: 04605820) was gutted by a fire at the yard Tinnemans Shipbuilding in Maasbracht on Dec 16, 2016, where the passenger ship was docked for overhauls after having been sold to Belgian interests in November. The fire brigade was alterted at 12.20 p.m. when large smoke plumes were drifting over the area. The inhabitants of Wessem were asked to keep their windows and doors closed. The ship was completely in flames at that time. Four fire engines tackled the fire with foam. Timewise gas cylinders were threatened to explode. The fire was under control at 1.30 p.m. but the ship was destroyed.
Dutch reports with photos and video:
The Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat went to the assistance of the "Blue Horizon" in difficulties in the afternoon of Dec 4, 2015. The "Annette Hutton" was launched just when Valentia Coastguard Radio requested assistance to the fishing boat in difficulties one mile off Blackball Head on the Beara peninsula in West Cork. The "Blue Horizon", with six persons on board, had experienced mechanical failure and was without power.
The lifeboat was launched at midday and located the stricken vessel in a three metre swell with Force 5/6 south easterly winds. Lifeboat crew managed attach a tow to the fishing boat.
The boat was taken under tow and berthed at the Pier in Castletownbere just before 3.00 p.m.#
Castletownbere's Lifeboat was tasked in the evening of Dec 17, 2016, to go to the aid of the "Ocean Guardian" which had experienced mechanical difficulties north of the Bull Rock off the coast of West Cork. The lifeboat was launched within minutes and located the vessel at anchor about one hour later. The "Ocean Guardian" was on passage from Castletownbere to Burtonport when it contacted Valentia Coast Guard Radio.
With light winds and a 3-4m swell, RNLI volunteers passed a towrope to the crew on board and the lifeboat took the vessel under tow to Castletownbere. When off Crow Head some time later, the towrope broke and had to be reattached.
The tow was then completed without further difficulty. The vessel was berthed alongside the pier in Castletownbere at 2.30 a.m. next morning.
Report with photo:
On Dec 18, 2016, at 1 a.m. a fire broke out aboard the "Frafjord" which was docked in Brekstad. At 1:08 a.m. the fire brigade was on site and boarded the ferry. There were no visible flames but sparks from the funnel. The fire brigade entered the engine room and found a fire in the boiler. At 1.20 a.m. the fire was extinguished. There were no people on board when the fire started. It was spotted by a police patrol that drove past and remarked smoke development.
Norwegian report with photo: