Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The Coast Guard is responding to a cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay this afternoon. The Mediterranean Shipping Company vessel Japan, a 37,000-ton cargo ship from Panama, ran aground between Sandy Pt. Light and Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Md. after a loss of power at 4:30 p.m.A 25- foot Coast Guard response boat crew is on scene to investigate the cause of the grounding. The vessel has regained power and will try to re-float itself. Two tugs are in route to assist in re-floating the MSC Japan. There is no report of pollution or injuries and container soundings are normal. Vessel was in route to Port Elizabeth, NJ. This incident is currently under investigation.