Cargo Ship Drags Anchor and Runs Aground in Italy

The MV Sigma seen aground off the coast of Livorno, Italy.
The MV Sigma seen aground off the coast of Livorno, Italy.

Strong winds caused a large cargo ship to drag anchor and run aground near Livorno, Italy last week, but AIS data shows that as of Monday the ship had been refloated.

According to reports the 128-meter MV Sigma ran aground Friday Jan. 13 near the village of Ardenza, Italy in winds gusting up to 50 knots.

The Italian Coast Guard released the following video the Sigma on Monday:

The Italian Coast Guard said Monday that all 18 crew members on board are safe and no pollution has been reported during the incident. 

The MV Sigma was refloated with the assistance of tugs early Monday morning. Later in the AIS showed MV Sigma was moored at the port of Livorno.

The grounding came on the 5th anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in Italy.