Ship Run Aground Near Fort Lauderdale

Thursday, May 18, 2006
A cargo ship on its way from Sweden to Port Everglades ran aground on May 17, Coast Guard officials said. The Spar Orion, a 623-foot ship, was carrying more than 44,000 metric tons of cement when it got stuck on a reef or sandbar about a mile from shore. Authorities said they don't know why the ship ran into trouble. Initial reports from the ships master indicated there was no damage to the ship, no flooding and no pollution. The Spar Orion is Norwegian-flagged vessel owned by Spar Shipholding of Norway with a crew of 22 people. No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard is investigating. (Source: Bradenton Herald)

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