Posted on June 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Maltese-flagged Panamax-class Cargo ship, GORGOYPIKOOS ran aground in the evening hours of June the 2nd while transiting through the Columbia River.
The incident occurred at approximately 22:30 UTC east of Tongue Point, on the Miller Sands bar, Oregon, United States.
The vessel had been transiting downstream, en route from Vancouver to Kobe, while loaded with a cargo of grain.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the distressed vessel, mentioning how the ship had run soft-aground while transiting at a speed of 10 knots.
According to initial reports, the incident occurred due to a steering control malfunction, which forced the vessel to lose control and ground itself in the shallows.
The Coast Guard sent a federal investigator to the scene to inspect the vessel, aboard a lifeboat from Coast Guard Station, Cape Disappointment while also sending an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria.
They also kept monitoring traffic and issued a travel restriction to vessels passing through the Columbia River, as the stern of the grounded vessel was partially obstructing movement through the channel.
Three tugs arrived to assist the distressed vessel; however, the ship was able to refloat itself during the early morning hours of June 3rd due to the rising high-tide.
There was no report of any injuries among the crew of 21 seafarers aboard the vessel, or any signs of pollution in the area due to the grounding.
The vessel continued its trip to its original destination of Longview and came to berth at the Longview Port Authority General Cargo Terminals later in the day.
Image Courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River