Vessel Carrying Ethanol, Gasoline
by Mia Carlson
WARRENTON, Ore. -- A vessel ran aground on the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., Thursday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding. The Coast Guard said "Argent Cosmos," a 557-foot Panamanian-flagged tanker, went aground at 6:28 a.m.
So far, there are no reports of pollution in the river, flooding aboard the vessel or injuries to crewmembers, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to fly over the incident at 9 a.m. It reported no signs of pollution.
A boat crew with an inspection team is responding to the vessel from Station Cape Disappointment.
The tanker is loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol, the Coast Guard said. They said it also has 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons of low-sulfur oil aboard.
Officials said the vessel was heading outbound and finishing a port call at Longview, Wash.
Two tugs are assisting the vessel as the water rises with the incoming tide, the Coast Guard said.
"Capt. Bill Timmons, commander Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and captain of the port has placed a no-movement order on the vessel until Coast Guard inspectors ensure the safety of the environment and the crew aboard," the Coast Guard said in a press release.
The Coast Guard said they are working with state and local partners during the incident.
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