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.
The 38 meter long former barge Tyee Princess caught fire while being scrapped at Surrey, British Columbia. Workers were cutting the walls with blow torches when some insulation caught fire. Dense black smoke was released into the air around the Tyee Princess. The local fire brigade was contacted and extinguished the blaze. No reports of injuries. The Tyee Princess was built in 1945 and converted into a coastal freighter after 1974. The vessel was later donated to the Maritime Heritage Society of Vancouver.
The 117 meter long passenger cruise ship Akademik Ioffe ran aground in the Gulf of Boothia near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada. The vessel was on a cruise of the arctic with 160 passengers and crew when it struck bottom and sustained water ingress. Authorities were alerted and dispatched two icebreakers and various aircraft to the scene. Even with damage, the Akademik Ioffe was in stable condition and there were no injuries on board.
Owners of the Akademik Ioffe dispatched another vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, to the scene the following morning. Aided by authorities, all passengers and some crew were transferred off the Akademik Ioffe to the Akademic Sergey Vavilov. A small number of crew remained on board when the the passengers ship was refloated and proceeded to Kugaaruk where it anchored. No reports of pollution released.