On March 23, the 1970 dwt cargo vessel Binh Duong 688 ran aground off the Hon Gom Peninsula near Saigon, Vietnam. The Binh Duong 688 was proceeding with 1900 tons of coal when a fishing vessel was spotted crossing in its path. The cargo veered away to avoid colliding with the fishing vessel and ran up on to the rocks. The cargo vessel sustained hull damage in the bow, cargo hold and engine room. The Binh Duong 688 suffered water ingress and the engine room flooded. All 9 crew on board were rescued safely. Reports state the vessel still had some 6,000 litres of diesel fuel on board.
The 454 gt cargo vessel Kumala Endah sank off Belawan, Indonesia in the Strait of Malacca. The Kumala Endah was en route to Borneo with 700 tons of steel from Belawan when it struck an underwater object. The Kumala Endah suffered hull damage and water ingress. The cargo vessel quickly sank with 5 crewmen able to swim ashore. Another 9 crew were reported as missing. Reports state the Kumala Endah may have struck a shipwreck which had been reported in the area where the incident occurred.
The 70 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Ølen allided with the quay in Årvika, Norway. The ferry was approaching the quay to quickly and wasn’t able to stop in time. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Ølen sustained damage to its fenders and propeller. The ferry was pulled from service for repairs.