Liberia Flag container ship grounded, refloated, Savannah

Container ship SM VANCOUVER ran aground on a sandbar while leaving Savannah, USA, at around 1900 UTC Oct 26 north of Tybee island. Grounding was said to be “soft”, the ship was refloated some 4 hours later with the help of tugs, and anchored at Savannah outer anchorage. As of 0200 UTC Oct 27, the ship was still at anchor. SM VANCOUVER is bound for Fort Lauderdale, ETA Oct 28. No damages reported so far. Understood engine failure caused the ship to veer off fairway and ground.

Container ship SM VANCOUVER, IMO 9189495, dwt 67712, capacity 5618 TEU, built 2000, flag Liberia, manager Korea Shipping.

Source: Maritime Bulletin

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.