Montrose Coal Transfer Resumes

BALTIMORE – As weather conditions improved, crews at the cargo ship Montrose resumed coal transfer operations at 1:57 p.m. today in the Chesapeake Bay.

At about 7 p.m. Monday the crews had to suspend operations due to the weather. They were able to move approximately 5,100 metric tons of coal from the ship since Sunday. If weather permits, the crews are scheduled to finish lightering a total of 7,100 metric tons of coal by midnight.

When the lightering is complete, a process known as de-ballasting will begin. De-ballasting is the removal of water that was used to keep the ship stable during the lightering process.

Once afloat, the ship will be taken to a safe anchorage where it will undergo an underwater dive inspection.

The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard, ECM Maritime Services, Resolve Marine Group, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Motia Navigation who is the operator of the Montrose.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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