On March 29, the 164 meter long, 16038 dwt tanker Varzuga became disabled in the Gulf of Ob in the Barents Sea off Russia. The Varzuga had suffered a breakdown with its steering while in ice. The tanker requested assistance with the icebreakers 160 meter long 50 Let Pobedy and 150 meter long Vaygach responding. Both ice breakers were able to clear a path and the Vaygach took the Varzuga under tow until the tanker was clear of the ice. The tug Umka took over the tow and the vessels proceeded to Murmansk. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 334 meter long, 101505 dwt container ship Belita ran aground on the Mississippi River near Poydras, Louisiana. The Belita had struck a riprap along the shoreline, but sustained no damage. The vessel remained aground until a few hours later when it was allowed to proceed. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
On March 20, the 225 meter long, 37421 dwt bulk carrier Algoma Conveyor ran aground on Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Fox River at Green Bay, Wisconsin. The vessel was proceeding along the navigation channel when it lost power and drifted aground. There were no injuries or damage on board the Algoma Conveyor. The Coast Guard was alerted and dispatch a team to inspect the bulk carrier. Reports state some of the cargo of salt will be lightered off the Algoma Conveyor before it will be refloated.