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Grounding on Columbia River

Grounding on Columbia River

16 December 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 18 December 2017 - 00:14


US Coast Guard personnel responded to the "KM London" which aground in the Columbia River near Crims Island at river mile marker 54,5, in the night of Dec 14, 2017, on the north side of the navigational channel. The ship was outbound the Columbia River enroute from Vancouver to Nagoya, laden with wheat. The pilot aboard the vessel notified the Coast Guard of the grounding at 8:10 p.m. The crew of the "KM London" activated their vessel response plan after the grounding. The vessel was originally taking on water in two forward compartments but crewmembers aboard the vessel were able to get the flooding under control. A Coast Guard helicopter crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter conducted an over-flight and reported no signs of pollution. A boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II, from Coast Guard Station Portland was also on scene checking for any signs of pollution. Coast Guard pollution responders and marine inspectors arrived on scene early in the morning of Dec 15. A Columbia River pilot conducted drug and alcohol testing on crewmembers and the river pilot onboard the vessel at the time of the incident. The owners of the vessel worked with the Coast Guard and Captain of the Port to identify the safest plan to refloat and repair the vessel, and successfully refloated during the morning’s high tide. The" KM London" was assisted by three tugs to the Longview Port Authority General Terminals, Washington, where it moored at 7.30 p.m. and received additional damage assessments.    

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