Vessels collide, another aground in Chesapeake storm

by The Associated Press (APR)

NORFOLK, Va. _ Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting 110 kilometres an hour, the coast guard said.

The 24-metre rig vessel Petite and the 325-metre container ship MSC Charleston collided about 7:30 pm Tuesday “due to weather” in the Thimble Shoal Channel, the coast guard said in a news release. There were no reports of injuries, damage or pollution and both vessels were safely anchored, the release said.

About an hour after the collision, the 230-metre bulk carrier Ornak, anchored at the Lynnhaven Anchorage east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, ran aground near First Landing State Park, the coast guard said. There were no reports of injuries, damage or pollution from the grounding, and the vessel was not blocking other water traffic, said coast guard spokesman Petty Officer First Class Brandyn Hill.

Winds gusting to 110 km/h at Cape Henry caused 12 ships anchored in the vicinity of Lynnhaven to drag anchor, the coast guard said. The Virginia Pilot office dispatched 11 pilots and local tug boat companies were recruited to help stabilize the vessels and to aid others struggling in high winds to stay moored, the news release said.

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