Bulk carrier runs aground in Delaware River

Bulk carrier runs aground in Delaware River

New York: A 600-foot bulker ran aground on the Delaware River near Burlington City, New Jersey, on Wednesday.

The Meadway Shipping & Trading bulk carrier, Agia Irini, (57,017 dwt, built 2010) was travelling southbound from Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and on to Florida when it lost propulsion and ran aground in mud near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge around 2 pm.

A US Coast Guard cutter, the 65-foot Cleat, responded to the scene and crew members investigated the ship. The New Jersey State Police are also investigating.

Witnesses said it took tugboats about 15 to 20 minutes to pull the ship from the mud, point it in the correct direction, and move it downriver.

The Coast Guard says the ship was taken to the Mantua Creek Anchorage Port Facility in Paulsboro, Gloucester County where it will anchor for the investigation.

The ship will be on administrative hold, either anchored or docked, while the incident is investigated.

Nobody was reported injured in the incident.

A Youtube of the video surfaced soon after, it can be viewed below.

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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