The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Nicole Burmester ran aground on the Western Scheldt near Terneuzen, Netherlands. The tanker had departed from Antwerp when it mistook a buoy for a harbor light and stranded on a submerged breakwater. The crew requested assistance with multiple tugs responding. The tugs were able to pull the Nicole Burmester free. The tugs then escorted the tanker to the port of Terneuzen. There it berthed and authorities had divers inspect the hull for damage. No reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation.
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.