Sulphur-Laden Bulk Carrier Hard Aground Off Texas

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May 27, 2015

MV Jian Qiang file photo (c)


The Coast Guard is working with state and local partners in response to a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park in Beaumont, Texas.

The Coast Guard reports that watchstanders at Vessel Traffic Control Port Arthur received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m. from the pilot aboard the 615-foot Panamanian-flagged MV Jian Qiang, stating they ran hard aground approximately 1 mile from the westernmost jetty, outside buoys 33 and 34, in the Gulf of Mexico.

There were no reports of significant damage, injury or pollution discharge.

The Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the vessel’s owners are working together and providing oversight for the coordination and development of a plan to free the vessel.

“Safety is our primary concern,” said Lt. Lynn Buchanan. “Our goal is to continue working with the vessel’s owners and our local agencies to construct and execute a course of action that frees the vessel while maintaining the highest level of safety for the personnel involved and minimizing any potential impact to the environment.”

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

AIS showed the vessel still aground off Port Arthur, Texas as of 23:30 GMT (18:30 local time) on Wednesday.


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