On March 31, the 292 meter long, 59938 dwt container ship Sea Land Meteor ran aground off Flushing, Netherlands. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The boxship was later refloated on the rising tide assisted by 6 tugs.
The 116 meter long, 7014 dwt container ship Planet V became disabled while on the Westerschelde near Flushing, Netherlands after suffering an engine failure. The crew proceeded to drop an anchor when the anchor chain broke. The chain flung out and struck a nearby crewman killing him. The container ship continued to go adrift and collided with the 27 meter long tug MTS Vantage which had been proceeding on a parallel course. The MTS Vantage was damaged in the collision, but was able to proceed under its own power to Flushing. The Plant V was taken under tow and returned to Flushing.