Car carrier runs aground near Cape Charles, Virginia

Tirranna (Photo: Thoreson)

Personnel from US Coast Guard Sector Virginia responded to and assessed the condition of a 760-foot (231-metre) vessel that ran aground near Cape Charles, Virginia, on Tuesday, April 27.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation. No reports of pollution, injury, or damage were reported.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a report that the Norwegian-flagged pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Tirranna ran aground in the vicinity of the Cape Charles Anchorage in the Chesapeake Bay at approximately 03:30 local time on Tuesday.

The vessel was heading southbound on its way from Baltimore, Maryland to Savannah, Georgia, when the grounding occurred. It is now refloated and safely anchored in Chesapeake Bay.

The coast guard launched a team aboard a response boat–small from Station Cape Charles to provide an initial assessment of the situation. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City conducted an overflight to asssess the scene from the air, and no pollution or significant damage has been reported at this time.

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