The rising waters of the Mississippi seem to be causing trouble for several ships lately. A container vessel ran aground in St. Bernard Parish and threatened the levees. NOLA.com reports.
The Coast Guard announced that they successfully rescued a container ship that ran aground near Caernarvon. The ship was travelling from the Port of Mobile to the Port of New Orleans and ran aground in the wee hours of the morning. This area of the river is a difficult point due to a tight turn.
Thankfully, in this case, there were no injuries, pollution, or damage to the levees nearby. Local residents even stood on the levees to watch the repair work. In a little under 12 hours after the crash, the ship was back on its way. However, traffic on the river had to be held back during the process.
This was no small ship either. The ship is 1,100 feet in length and can carry over eight thousand shipping containers! Had this ship rammed a levee, it was certainly heavy enough to cause a lot of damage to one. Given the higher waters lately on the river, the flooding would have been disastrous.
Cheers to the Coast Guard for freeing the ship safely!
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