Video shows oil tanker grounding in NC


(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — An oil tanker ran aground in the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C., and a backyard security camera recorded the incident.

The Marshall Islands-flagged Swan Biscay reported the grounding at about 1250 on Nov. 4, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The tanker remained stuck near Buoy 19 until about 1600 that afternoon.

"There appears to have been a loss of propulsion," said Coast Guard spokesman Joshua L. Canup, who is based in Virginia. 

No one was injured and there was no pollution. The 426-foot ship was not damaged. Additional information about the incident was not available. 

Norstar Shipping is listed as the 9-year-old ship's manager. Emails sent Monday to the firm's offices in Singapore and Westport, Conn., were not returned. 

Video of the grounding posted by the local newspaper The State Port Pilot shows the stern of the ship pivot nearly 180 degrees as it approached the shore.

To see the incident, click here, then click on the first frame under "All Videos."

By Professional Mariner Staff