Bulk Carrier Refloated on Delaware River

Coast Guard units are working with partner agencies to assist the motor vessel Odigitria after it ran aground near on the Delaware River, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
The MV Odigitria aground on the Delaware River, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

A Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier spent several hours aground Saturday in the Delaware River before salvors were able to refloat the vessel. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said it was overseeing the effort to refloated the 622-foot MV Odigitria, which ran aground at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday on the Delaware River as it was transiting to the Grows Terminal in Morrisiville, Pennsylvania. 

The vessel was successfully refloated at approximately 1 p.m.

There were no reported injuries or pollution.

A damage survey is pending. The motor vessel was transporting scrap metal.

“Luckily no one was injured and the event didn’t cause any pollution,” said Lt. j.g. Jonas Miller, a command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “We are working to determine the cause of this incident so we can continue to keep vessel traffic safe on the river. Our investigations division is looking into a variety of factors that played into the grounding, including aids to navigation, vessel traffic, and tides and currents.”