Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cargo Ship Freed After Columbia River Grounding

A large, loaded cargo ship became grounded in a Columbia River channel Monday, near Columbia City, but was freed within a few hours. The U.S. Coast Guard and four tug boats responded. No one was injured.
Hanjin Beijing
The 872-foot container cargo, Hanjin Beijing, did not take on water. It was stranded in soft ground, primarily sand and mud, which made it easier to break free, Coast Guard officials said. The ship was leaving Portland and heading to Japan when it got stuck, according to the Coast Guard. The incident occurred at river mile post 83, just north of St. Helens.

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