Damage Assessment completed on motor vessel Sparna shows significant hull damage

A tug helps stabalize the motor vessel Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, while the Sparna awaits repairs after it reportedly ran aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. The Sparna is loaded with grain and was headed west on the Columbia River when the incident occurred. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read)

A tug helps stabalize the motor vessel Sparnawhile the Sparna awaits repairs after it reportedly ran aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read)

WARRENTON, Ore. — A damage assessment of the motor vessel Sparna, showing significant damage to the ship was submitted to the Coast Guard by Ballard Marine Construction early Tuesday morning.
The damage assessment, shared with both Washington and Oregon state responders, showed multiple fractures were found, the largest being a 25-foot by 5-foot wide fracture with a visible boulder lodged inside.
Damage to the Sparna was contained to two flooded compartments.
The Coast Guard, alongside state pollution responders, and a contracted oil spill response organization, continue to monitor the M/VSparna. There still have been no signs of oil or fuel spilled during the incident.
A unified command under the supervision of the Captain of the Port intends to move the vessel upriver to the Port of Longview Wednesday morning, as conditions permit.
“The cooperation between federal and state representatives continues to ensure the safety of the environment and the safety of the crew aboard the motor vessel Sparna,” said Capt. Dan Travers, commander Coast Guard Sector Columbia River.” Although there has been no pollution aspect to this point, we have prepared and have people in place to respond to the worst case scenario.”
A Coast Guard overflight Monday confirmed no pollution. Another overflight is scheduled for Wednesday.
Two tug boats – the PJ Brix and Pacific Escort remain on scene with the Sparna to help maintain its position. The Columbia River waterway remains open to all traffic, but the Captain of the Port may need to limit deep-draft commercial traffic once the Sparna begins its transit up river for repair.
The Sparna is fully loaded with grain in its cargo holds, and is carrying 218,380 gallons of high sulfur fuel and 39,380 gallons of marine diesel.

 

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