10 Sep 2014

Container ship runs aground in CNMI

10:52 am on 10 September 2014

An Antigua and Barbuda-flagged container ship has run aground on its way to the Port of Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

The CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the 526-foot long, 16,000-ton Paul Russ ran aground on the reef off Micro Beach as it was entering the Saipan channel.

No one was reported injured among the 17 crew of the Paul Russ and that no oil spill or damage to the vessel was reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard captain of Port Guam immediately established a 500-yard safety zone around the grounded ship.

The vessel, which was carrying household supplies as well as fuel such as butane and propane, reportedly came from Okinawa.

It was tilting a bit to the side as it rested on the reef.

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Photo: RNZI