Damaged Bulker Refloated in the Columbia River

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 24, 2016

  • A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • Two tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna past the Wauna Paper Mill while in transit along the Columbia River to their mooring destination in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna, which had briefly run aground Monday morning, was towed to a pier in Kalama to further assess damage and make repairs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, after briefly running aground and sustaining hull damage a couple days prior, is escorted towards a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna suffered multiple fractures along its hull, but no pollution was reported coming from the damaged areas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, with the assistance of two tug vessels, is moored to a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna will undergo damage assessment and repairs after briefly running aground earlier that week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.) A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • Two tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna past the Wauna Paper Mill while in transit along the Columbia River to their mooring destination in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna, which had briefly run aground Monday morning, was towed to a pier in Kalama to further assess damage and make repairs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.) Two tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna past the Wauna Paper Mill while in transit along the Columbia River to their mooring destination in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna, which had briefly run aground Monday morning, was towed to a pier in Kalama to further assess damage and make repairs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, after briefly running aground and sustaining hull damage a couple days prior, is escorted towards a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna suffered multiple fractures along its hull, but no pollution was reported coming from the damaged areas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.) The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, after briefly running aground and sustaining hull damage a couple days prior, is escorted towards a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna suffered multiple fractures along its hull, but no pollution was reported coming from the damaged areas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)
  • The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, with the assistance of two tug vessels, is moored to a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna will undergo damage assessment and repairs after briefly running aground earlier that week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.) The 623-foot motor vessel Sparna, with the assistance of two tug vessels, is moored to a pier in Kalama, Wash., March 23, 2016. The Sparna will undergo damage assessment and repairs after briefly running aground earlier that week. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)

A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier, Wednesday afternoon.

 
The Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged grain bulk carrier, started the transit from its anchorage near river marker 36 with the assistance of two tugs and a Coast Guard safety zone escort at about 12:30 p.m., and moored at the Kalama North pier at about 6 p.m.
 
As a precaution, the Sparna was followed by a NRC vessel with pollution response capabilities. The vessel’s fuel tanks remained intact throughout the incident.
 
“The main objectives during the transit was to maintain the safety of the Sparna crew, maintain a safe navigational channel throughout the transit and respond as necessary to environmental concerns,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Hellberg, incident commander. “The successful transit was a unified team effort, and we are very pleased with the outcome.”
 
A 100-yard safety zone surrounding the motor vessel Sparna was put in place by the captain of the port throughout the transit. After the safe transit upriver the captain of the port lifted the safety zone and the Columbia River is now open to all traffic.
 
The Sparna briefly ran aground at 12:16 Monday morning, fully loaded with grain in its cargo holds, and carrying 218,380 gallons of high sulfur fuel and 39,380 gallons of marine diesel.
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