Coast Guard, salvage crews successfully remove grounded freighter near Miami

MIAMI – Coast Guard and marine salvage crews successfully removed a 279-foot freighter grounded near Government Cut, Miami, Thursday around 9 p.m.

The Island Intrepid, a St. Vincent and the Grenadines flagged cargo freighter, is currently moored in the Port of Miami. The Coast Guard has ordered the vessel to stay at its dock until repairs are completed and a full inspection of the vessel certifies that the freighter is seaworthy.

Island Intrepid was en route to the Port of Miami, Wednesday, when it reportedly lost steering capabilities and ran aground around 3:30 p.m.

“Removing a grounded vessel is a complex process that takes time and hard work,” said Captain James O. Fitton, commander Coast Guard Sector Miami. “In this case, Coast Guard, salvage crews and the ships owner quickly devised a plan to remove the vessel, limit its impact on inbound and outbound traffic into the Port of Miami and restrict any potential environmental damage.”

Government Cut is open to all inbound and outbound traffic at this time. There were no reports of any pollution other than a slight sheen, while the Island Intrepid was aground.

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