Cosco bulker carrying sulfur runs aground off Texas

Cosco bulker carrying sulfur runs aground off Texas

San Francisco: A bulk carrier loaded with a cargo of sulfur ran aground offshore Port Arthur, Texas, on Wednesday.

Jian Qiang (46,807 dwt, built 1996), owned by China’s Cosco, was outward bound from Neches Industrial park in Beaumont, Texas, when it ran hard aground.

US Coast Guard (USCG) responded to a call at approximately 1.30pm and were quickly on the scene. They were co-ordinating with the ship’s owners, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to find a way to release the vessel.

The 615-foot ship was still stuck as of late Wednesday night but there were no significant reports of damage, injury or pollution.

USCG are investigating the cause of the accident.

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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