Gram car carrier runs aground in Washington State

A car carrier run aground Saturday afternoon on the Washington side of the Columbia River, while heading from Tacoma to Portland.

The vessel was the 2012-built Viking Emerald, owned by Norway’s Gram Car Carriers and managed by OSM Ship Management in Singapore. It has a 4200 car carrying capacity.

The ship had a technical issue cause a loss of steering, at around 4:15pm on Saturday while headed upriver and ran aground around 4:30pm near Woodland.

There were no injuries or pollution reported and tugs have been sent to tow the vessel to Longview for inspection.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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