Cargo ship runs aground in Delaware River

Cargo ship runs aground in Delaware River

A Netherlands-flagged cargo vessel that ran aground in the Delaware River on Monday night was righted and back safely afloat on Tuesday morning.

Bermuda Islander (3,725 dwt, built 2001), a 328-foot container ship, grounded in shallow water near Salem, New Jersey, after reportedly losing power and propulsion around 9pm on Monday.

US Coast Guard (USCG) liaised with the Delaware Pilots Association and a salvage firm. The Bermuda Islander was successfully re-floated around high tide on Tuesday morning.

None of the 12-person crew was injured nor were there reports of damage to the ship or spills from it.

The ship, owned by Bermuda International Shipping (BISL), was en route from Salem to Hamilton, Bermuda. After being re-floated it returned to the Port of Salem.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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