586-foot Thai-flagged cargo boat runs aground in Norfolk

A 586-foot Thai-flagged cargo boat ran aground off Sewells Point, Thursday.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A 586-foot Thai-flagged cargo boat ran aground off Sewells Point, Thursday. 

The bulk cargo ship Mallika Naree lost propulsion while in the Elizabeth River just before 1 p.m. The ship struck a buoy and ran aground outside the channel. 

Watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth were called to the scene to help. Crews launched 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and 29-foot Response Boat-Small crews from Coast Guard station Portsmouth. A boat crew from Aids to Navigation Team Hampton Roads also arrived on scene.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City conducted an overflight assessment of the surrounding around just after 1:15 p.m. 

"The Coast Guard and its partners train every day to respond to events like this," said Coast Guard Cdr. Kenneth Kostecki, chief of prevention, Sector Hampton Roads. "Because of this preparedness, we were able to get on scene quickly and assess the situation, preventing further issues in the port. We will continue to monitor the situation so as to assure the environment and shipping will not be adversely affected."

Virginia Marine Resources Commission crews and the Norfolk Fire Department were also on scene.

No signs of pollution have been detected and no one was injured. 

Commercials tug boats were able to move the The Mallika Naree, which is carrying cement and steel, to a nearby anchorage in the Elizabeth River. It is currently safely anchored. 

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