580-Foot Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Elizabeth River

A 586-foot bulk cargo ship from Thailand ran aground off Sewells Point in Norfolk on Thursday.

The Coast Guard says the ship Mallika Naree lost propulsion, struck Elizabeth River bouy #5 and ran aground outside the channel. She is carrying cement and steel.

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The Coast Guard responded with two boats and a helicopter to assess any damage.

Crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Norfolk Fire Department also responded.

No signs of pollution were detected. No injuries were reported, and the vessel is not taking on water.

Commercial tug boats arrived on scene and moved the cargo vessel to a nearby anchorage in the Elizabeth River, where it is safely anchored.

"The Coast Guard and its partners train every day to respond to events like this," said Coast Guard Cdr. Kenneth Kostecki, chief of prevention, Sector Hampton Roads. "We will continue to monitor the situation so as to assure the environment and shipping will not be adversely affected."

Bay Bulletin