The 168 meter long, 20615 dwt container ship TS Taipei broke up just offshore off Taiwan. The TS Taipei had gone ashore on March 10 after suffering engine failure. The vessel remained hard aground while salvage operations attempted to remove fuel off the vessel. However, salvage was suspended due to a severe storm which also caused the vessel finally broke-in-two. The hull cracked amidships and fuel oil was released from ruptured bunker tanks. Authorities dispatched a pollution response team to the scene along with multiple boats. Booms were placed around the pollution to contain any further oil released. Reports also state that several containers have fallen overboard which may contain hazardous chemicals.
The 73 meter long, 2300 dwt cargo vessel Bunga Melati XV sank in Celebes Sea in Port Tagulandang, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The Bunga Melati XV, loaded with 2400 tons of cement, had run onto a reef. The hull was breached in multiple places and the vessel suffered water ingress. No reports of injuries. The vessel continued to flood until it hull rest on the bottom leaving only the top of the bridge above water.
On March 23, the 62 foot long fishing vessel Patty A J capsized between the jetties at Coos Bay Bar, Oregon. Three of the four crew were able to escape, but one was trapped on board. The Coast Guard dispatched two vessels to the scene. A dive team attempted to find the missing crewman, but efforts were later suspended the following night. Reports state the Patty A J later sank.