The 104 meter long heavy lift carrier Papenburg became disabled on the Ems River. The Papenburg had suffered engine failure while en route to Papenburg from Rostock. The vessel was able to make an emergency anchoring to avoid going aground. Two tugs were dispatched and towed the Papenburg to Emden. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 168 meter long, 20615 dwt container ship TS Taipei ran aground just off the Taiwan coast near New Taipei City. The TS Taipei had suffered engine failure during a strong storm. The boxship was blown aground just 300 meters off the beach. The TS Taipei suffered hull damage and water ingress. The vessel’s engine room flooded and oil pollution was released into the sea. Authorities laid out barriers to contain the pollution. All 21 crew on board were airlifted off the TS Taipei. No reports of injuries.
On March 9, the 230 meter long ro-ro cargo vessel Begonia Seaways allided with a buoy off Flushing, Netherlands. The Begonia Seaways was en route to Gothenburg from Terneuzen when it struck the buoy. Damage was reported to be minimal. No reports of injuries or pollution released.