Seven tugs aid boxship after Savannah River grounding

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — The U.S. Coast Guard established a safety zone around the containership Maersk Surabaya after it ran aground in the Savannah River near Fort Jackson on Tuesday.

A Coast Guard Station Tybee Island 45-foot response boat-medium (RBM) crew enforced a 509-foot safety zone while seven tugboats repositioned the 1,091-foot vessel to the center of the shipping channel.

No injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel is safely moored.

The Coast Guard temporarily closed the waterway with the cooperation of port pilots and there was no impact to other commercial traffic.

The Coast Guard was notified at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday via the vessel agent of the grounding.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah is investigating.

– U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard photo
By Rich Miller