Coast Guard responding to cargo ship aground

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard is responding to a cargo ship that ran aground Saturday near Gibson Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

At about 11:05 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call from the motor vessel CSL Argosy, an 800-foot Bohemian flagged bulk carrier, reporting that they had run aground in the lower Craig Hill Channel just north of Annapolis, Md.

There are no reports of pollution or injuries.

Three tug boats from McAllister Towing are currently on scene to attempt to free the Argosy.

A Coast Guard investigation team, along with Coast Guard inspectors, is en route to the scene via a response boat from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md. The investigation team will meet with crewmembers of the Argosy to begin standard investigation procedures.

“We are working with the Maryland Pilots Association and the crewmembers of the Argosy to safely get the vessel free and to have it inspected to insure that it is able to operate safely,” said Capt. Brian Kelley, Captain of the Port of Baltimore.

The Argosy was inbound to Baltimore with a cargo of iron ore.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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