Bulk carrier refloated after running soft aground in Columbia River

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(ASTORIA, Ore.) — The Coast Guard is responding to a 608-foot bulk carrier that ran aground Thursday on the Washington side of the Columbia River south of Skamokawa Vista Park.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report at 12:50 a.m. that Genco Auvergne had run soft aground due to a loss of main engine propulsion while transiting down the Columbia River.

The tug vessels Carolyn Dorothy, Samantha S. and Willamette were on scene to assist. The captain of Genco Auvergne reported no injuries or pollution.

The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was reported to be carrying grain and approximately 616,644 gallons of fuel oil.

The Coast Guard dispatched a marine inspector from Sector Columbia River and a Columbia River Bar pilot is aboard Genco Auvergne coordinating vessel traffic through the area.

The vessel is constructed with a double hull and regular soundings are being taken to monitor fuel-tank levels.

“We have great coordination with the vessel agents, class society, river pilots, flag state and port partners,” said Capt. Gretchen Bailey, deputy commander at Sector Columbia River. “The implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan mitigated the impacts of the incident and will assist in the expedited refloating of the vessel.”

The vessel was refloated at 2:20 p.m. during high tide and continued transiting to Longview, Wash.

– U.S. Coast Guard

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U.S. Coast Guard photo
By Professional Mariner Staff