The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a grounded bulk carrier Thursday in the Beaufort Inlet Channel near Fort Macon, North Carolina, temporarily closing the channel to all commercial vessel traffic.
The Coast Guard says it received a call via landline at 1:15 p.m. that the 590-foot cargo ship Pola Palekh ran aground in the vicinity of buoy 16A in the channel.
The acting Captain of the Port for Sector North Carolina has temporarily closed the channel to deep draft commercial traffic until the vessel is refloated and no longer in the channel.
Update (November 18): At approximately 8:18 p.m. Thursday night, tugboats assisted the Pola Palekh off the shoaling and escorted the vessel to Morehead City State Port Terminal by about 8:45 p.m.
The acting Captain of the Port reopened Beaufort Inlet Channel to all marine traffic.
No injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel have been reported.
According to the Coast Guard the Pola Palekh is carrying 35,800 metric tons of fertilizer and holds approximately 27,000 gallons of fuel oil.
The Coast Guard says it is working closely with the owner and operator of the vessel, the Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina Ports Authority to resolve this issue.
The 37,648 dwt MV Pola Palekh was built in 2014 and is managed by INOK N.V. of Belgium.
The Beaufort Inlet Channel leads to the ports of Morehead City, one of the deepest ports on the United States East Coast and home to breakbulk and bulk facilities.