On March 7, the 70 foot long wooden fishing vessel Pacific Pearl sank off Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. The crew had alerted authorities that the trawler had sprung a leak and the pumps were unable to control the flooding. The RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard responded sending vessels to the scene. Rescuers arrived and placed dewatering pumps on the Pacific Pearl and safely transferred all 5 crew off the fishing vessel. The Pacific Pearl was taken under tow, but the pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The Pacific Pearl sank and a red buoy was placed over the wreck. No reports of injuries.
On March 9, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Thekla allided with a jetty on the Rhine at Colonia-Niehl, Germany. The Thekla was proceeding on the Rhine in high water when it struck the submerged jetty. The barge sustained damage to its starboard bow with water ingress in the forward cabin and bow thruster room. Still under its own power, the Thekla proceeded to the basin in Niehl. Local fire brigade were alerted and begun dewatering efforts with portable pumps. A fireboat arrived on scene and monitored the situation.
The following day another barge was arrived on scene and help unload the cargo of aluminum hydroxide to help keep the vessel higher in the water. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
During the early morning hours of March 10, the 110 meter long, 5586 dwt cargo vessel Ibrahim Simsek collided with the 222 meter long, 37938 dwt container ship Stadt Dresden in Izmit Bay, Sea of Marmara near Darica, Turkey. The Ibrahim Simsek struck along the port side of the stern of the Stadt Dresden. The Stadt Dresden suffered a gash in the hull above the waterline while the Ibrahim Simsek had significant bow damage and lost an anchor. No reports of injuries.
Both vessels dropped anchor near the collision site. Turkish authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the scene. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.