Bulk Carrier Touches Bottom Twice on Columbia River

The U.S. Coast Guard responded over the weekend to a Chinese bulk carrier which had ran aground twice in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington. The Coast Guard reported that the 751-foot, Hong Kong-flagged MV Rosco Palm ran aground at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, refloated, and then grounded a second time after being moved to a safe position a few miles … [Read more...]

Damaged Bulk Carrier Reaches Washington Pier

The severely damaged MV Sparna has reached a safe berth at a North Kalama, Washington pier on Wednesday afternoon two days after the bulk carrier ran aground on the Columbia River. The Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged grain bulk carrier, started the transit from its anchorage near river marker 36 with the assistance of two tugs and a Coast Guard safety zone escort at … [Read more...]

Inspection Reveals Significant Damage to MV Sparna on Columbia River

Inspections of the listing MV Sparna have revealed significant damage to the ship's hull below the water line as a result of its grounding on the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington early Monday morning. The findings were revealed in a damage assessment of the vessel which was submitted to the Coast Guard by Ballard Marine Construction early Tuesday morning. The … [Read more...]

Incident Photos: Bulk Carrier Listing After Grounding in Columbia River

A 623-foot bulk carrier was damaged below the water line after running aground on the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington early Monday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring for pollution from the Panamanian-flagged Sparna, which is anchored but listing to port after taking on water in "void spaces". The ship's fuel tanks were not damaged in the … [Read more...]

Nation’s Largest Floating Drydock Arrives In Portland – Photos

The soon-to-be largest floating drydock in the United States made its way up the Willamette River and into Portland on Monday aboard the Blue Marlin. The drydock, known as the Vigorous, is destined for Vigor Industrial's Portland shipyard. Fully assemble, the drydock will measure a whopping 960-feet - more than three times the height of the Statue of Liberty - and will have … [Read more...]