Bulk carrier refloated after grounding in Delaware River

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(PHILADELPHIA) — The Coast Guard oversaw salvage efforts Saturday for a motor vessel that ran aground in the Delaware River.

The vessel was successfully refloated at approximately 1 p.m.

The 622-foot Marshall Islands-flagged motor vessel Odigitria ran aground at approximately 4:30 a.m. as it was transiting to Grows Terminal in Morrisville, Pa.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia maintained an hourly communications schedule with the Delaware River Pilots regarding the ship’s status.

There were no reported injuries or pollution.

A damage survey is pending. The motor vessel was transporting scrap metal.

“Luckily no one was injured and the event didn’t cause any pollution," said Lt. j.g. Jonas Miller, a command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. "We are working to determine the cause of this incident so we can continue to keep vessel traffic safe on the river. Our investigations division is looking into a variety of factors that played into the grounding, including aids to navigation, vessel traffic, and tides and currents.”

By Professional Mariner Staff