Category Archives: Grounding

Aground off Evansville

Martha Denton

The 121 foot long towboat Martha Denton went aground on the Ohio River at Evansville, Indiana.   Martha Denton was attempting to make the turn in the river when windy conditions cause the towboat and its barges to run onto the riverbank.   An hour later, the Martha Denton and barges were able to be refloated. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Martha Denton continue to proceed downbound on the Ohio with its 15 barges.

Martha Denton
Photo: Courier & Press

Celacante Lost

Celacante
Photo: letelegramme.fr

The grounded fishing vessel Celacante sank on July 12, 2014  during salvage operations off Pierres Noires, France.  The Celacante went aground on May 22 when the trawler attempted to rescue a sailboat in distress.  The Celacante remain aground for two months as the owner arranged salvage operations.

The salvage team began operations in early July.  The team had lightered the trawler and  installed balloons to give the vessel additional buoyancy.  Some 20 tons of diesel fuel and oil was removed from the vessel’s tanks.  After the work was completed, two tugs were able to successfully pull the Celacante off the rock planning to head directly to Brest.  The salvage team then inflated the balloons on board the Celacante to start the tow, but the fishing vessel lost buoyancy.   The balloons were insufficient and the trawler quickly listed over to starboard before sinking by the stern.   Reports state the divers had underestimated the damage to the vessel.  Further inspection found large cracks along the entire length of the engine compartment.  The Celacante now rests in 15 meters of water just 300 meters off the  Lighthouse of the Black Stones (Pierres Noires).

Take Maru 55

Take Maru 55
Photo: USCG 

The 49 meter long fishing vessel Take Maru 55 ran aground off Cocos Island, Guam.  The tuna boat was driven ashore as Tropical Storm Halong lashed the area with strong winds and heavy rain.  The six crew on board abandoned ship and swam 700 yards to safety.   The crew sheltered in the island’s resort until conditions improved enough to allow rescuers to arrive.  No reports of injuries.  Local authorities  arrived and transferred the crew to Guam.  The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.

Federal Rideau Aground

Federal Rideau
Photo: USCG

The 656 foot long, 36563 dwt bulk carrier Federal Rideau ran aground in Lake St. Clair near the entrance to the Detroi River.  The Federal Rideau was downbound heading to Montreal with 22672 tons of wheat when it suffered a steering failure and ran onto a mud bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Initial attempts to refloat the bulk carrier with two tugs failed.  Another attempt with a total of five tugs was to be attempted on the following day.  Authorities reported that Federal Rideau is partially blocking the channel, but traffic was still open.