Nenita Ran Aground
by Michael Harris
The bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in lower Columbia river near Skamokawa in Washington, USA.
Watch standers with Sector Columbia River in Warrenton were notified at 3:21 a.m. that the 738-foot Nenita, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier loaded with grain and less than 300,000 gallons of fuel, was headed outbound on the Columbia when it lost propulsion and ran hard aground.
The vessel started taking on water, but the crew found the break in the forward peak of the vessel and stopped the flooding. The vessel was refloated, inspected and ordered by the Coast Guard to Kalama, Washington.
There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding. The pollution potential is less than 300,000 gallons of high-sulfur fuel oil, diesel fuel and gas oil.
Nenita bulk carrier was fully laden with grain.
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