UK-Flagged Bulk Carrier Grounds at Mile Marker 3.5 of Lower Mississippi River

anglo alexandria bulk carrier
File Photo: MarineTraffic.com / Grzegorz OKULJAR

A UK-flagged bulk carrier ran aground Friday in the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans.

The U.S Coast Guard said it received a report at 8:32 in the morning that the 837-foot deep-draft vessel Anglo Alexandria had grounded in the Mississippi River at mile marker 3.5.

The vessel is blocking the navigation channel, which has resulted in the closure of the river at mile marker 3.5. A tug is on-scene. 

The Coast Guard said there were over 50 vessels waiting in queue to transit in or out of the river, adding that the number is larger than normal due to dense fog in the area over the last few days. The vessel has activated their Vessel Response Plan.

There are no current reports of pollution or injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

AIS ship tracking data showed the vessel as being outbound with a destination of Suez.