On March 14, the 91 meter long tanker Sun Wing caught fire in the Sea of Japan off Busan, South Korea. The crew of the tanker, loaded with nitric and sulfuric acid, reported the vessel was on fire and suffered a hull breach. The 16 crew abandoned ship into the vessel’s life rafts as it engulfed in flames. The Korean Coast Guard dispatched helicopters and ships to the scene. All 16 crew were rescued. Three were injured by burns and were taken to hospital. No further details reported.
On March 13, the 81 meter long general cargo vessel Etim Emin ran aground on the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal. The Etim Emin was en route to Iran with 1990 tons of grain when it became grounded in shallow water. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The vessel was reloated the following day with the aid of a tug. The Etim Emin later proceeded to Olya for surveys.
On March 13, the 63 foot long fishing vessel Joyce Lynn II ran aground on sandy beach of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The crab boat had struck rocks along the off Port Everglades sustaining hull damage and water ingress. The Joyce Lynn II requested assistance with a Coast Guard boat responding. The four crew jumped off the crab boat onto the rescue boat. One man sustained minor injuries. The Joyce Lynn II later washed ashore. Initial attempts to refloat the vessel failed. A salvage company plans to remove the vessel off the beach. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.