The tanker-barge RTC 150 being pushed by the 38 meter long, 195 dwt towboat Meredith C. Reinauer ran aground on the Hudson River near Catskill, New York. The tanker-barge, loaded with 2.5 million gallons of gasoline, had run onto the rocks some 30 feet from the navigation channel in 6 feet of water. No reports of injuries.
Local and state authorities along with the Coast Guard arrived on scene. While no signs of pollution being released, authorities decided that the cargo of gasoline should be lightered onto another tanker-barge before any attempts to refloat the RTC 150. The lighter operations were completed later the same day. The Coast Guard then inspected the RTC 15o for damage.
With no signs of damage and no pollution released, the RTC 150 was refloated. The barge was towed to Albany where it will undergo further inspection.
Reports state the cause of the grounding may be due to the foggy weather. However, the report also states the Meredith C. Reinauer was enabled with GPS navigation.
State authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 50 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Sea Level ran aground in Bigfoot Slough off Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The ferry with 16 passengers was headed to Ocracoke from Cedar Island when it slowed as it approached shallow water, but strong winds pushed the ferry onto a sandbar. The vessel remain aground for 3 hours until it was able to free itself on the rising tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The Sea Level proceeded to Ocracoke where it unloaded all the passengers and vehicles on board. Reports state the area is known to have rapid and changing shoals.
On March 4, the 64 meter long, 1260 dwt cargo vessel Dan Fighter collided with the 337 meter long, 118,908 dwt container ship Maersk Genoa on the Wester Scheldt between Breskens and Vlissingen, Netherlands. The Dan Fighter had struck the stern of the Maersk Genoa. Both vessels sustained damage with the Maersk Genoa holed in the stern above the waterline. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Dan Fighter was able to resume its voyage from Bilbao to Antwerp later the same day. The Maersk Genoa had just departed from Antwerp bound for Bremerhaven before the collision. The container ship was last reported at anchor. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.