Vehicle carrier grounds near Chesapeake Bay anchorage


(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Members from Coast Guard Sector Virginia responded to and assessed the condition of a 760-foot vessel that ran aground Tuesday and is now safely anchored in Chesapeake Bay.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation. No pollution, injuries or damage were reported.

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Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a report that the vehicle carrier Tirranna ran aground in the vicinity of the Cape Charles Anchorage in Chesapeake Bay at approximately 3:30 a.m. The vessel was southbound on its way from Baltimore, Md., to Savannah, Ga. The vessel is now refloated and safely anchored.

The Coast Guard launched a team aboard a 29-foot response boat-small from Station Cape Charles to provide an initial assessment of the situation. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City conducted an overflight to assess the scene from the air.

“With the recent focus on global shipping, we are relieved this incident was quickly resolved and are thankful for the engagement of our port community and interagency team,” said Capt. Samson Stevens, commander, Coast Guard Sector Virginia. “The commonwealth’s marine transportation system is vital to the region’s success, prosperity, and economy.”

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff