Coast Guard limits traffic on Mobile Ship Channel due to grounded vessel

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MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard restricted traffic on the Mobile Ship Channel after a vessel grounded between buoys 36 and 38, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report that the container ship MSC Kyoto grounded outside of the Mobile Ship Channel reportedly as a result of a steering failure.

The container ship MSC Kyoto heaves-to aground outside the Mobile Ship Channel, April 7, 2014. The MSC Kyoto reportedly experienced a steering failure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The container ship MSC Kyoto heaves-to aground outside the Mobile Ship Channel, April 7, 2014. The MSC Kyoto reportedly experienced a steering failure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast restricting vessels with a draft of more than 30 feet from transiting the channel. All vessels allowed to transit are on a one-at-a-time basis.

Efforts to refloat the ship will begin following a Lloyd’s Register’s review of the vessel’s stability conditions.

There are no reports of pollution or injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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