File Photo: KM London
A brand spanking new bulk carrier is undergoing a damage assessment in Washington state after the vessel ran aground in the Columbia River last week and started taking on water.
The Coast Guard said it responded after the 656-foot Liberian-flagged KM London ran aground near Crims Island at mile marker 54.5 of the Columbia River on Thursday night. The vessel had grounded on the north side of the navigational channel while outbound with a cargo of wheat, the Coast Guard reported.
The Columbia River pilot aboard the vessel notified the Coast Guard of the grounding at 8:10 p.m.
The vessel was originally taking on water in two forward compartments but crewmembers aboard the vessel were able to get the flooding under control.
Coast Guard pollution responders and marine inspectors arrived on scene early Friday morning. A Columbia River pilot conducted drug and alcohol testing on crewmembers and the river pilot onboard the vessel at the time of the incident.
The owners of the vessel worked with the Coast Guard and Captain of the Port to refloat and repair the vessel, and successfully refloated during Friday morning’s high tide. The KM London was then assisted by three tugs to Longview, Washington, where it remained moored as of Monday.
The vessel is owned Taiwan-based Kuang Ming Shipping and was only recently delivered in November 2017.
No injuries or pollution have been reported.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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