Capesize bulker refloated after grounding off Virginia Beach

A capesize bulker has been successfully refloated after grounding in near Virginia Beach on Thursday.

The 176,217 dwt, Panama-flag, JSW Salem carrying a cargo of 120,000 tonnes of coal grounded near Cape Henry Buoy #4. According to the US Coast Guard (USCG) the vessel was able to be refloated on the rising tide and the bulker was then escorted by a response boat to an anchorage.

"Our top priority is always the safety of life," said Capt. Kevin Carroll, USCG commander of Sector Hampton Roads.

"Preserving the environment and protecting maritime commerce are also some of our top priorities. We are pleased there were no injuries or pollution reported during this incident, and I applaud our Coast Guard crews and first responders that sprang into action to successfully resolve this incident."

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The coast guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

Posted 11 January 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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