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M/V Rosco Palm – Columbia River grounding

The Coast Guard is responding to an incident involving a motor vessel that grounded in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, Friday night.

The motor vessel Rosco Palm, a 751-foot Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship reportedly ran aground at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, refloated, moved to a few miles upstream to mitigate collision risk and then grounded while at anchor on sand bottom while waiting for first light assessment.

The vessel has refloated with the tide at 7:40 am and there is no indication of pollution being discharged. The vessel is transiting to an anchorage with pilot and tug assist. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew conducted an overflight of the vessel on Friday night and will conduct another overflight as weather conditions permit.

A Columbia River Pilot is aboard the vessel and tugs are assisting the vessel transit upstream to verify the integrity of the hull and propulsion system.

The cause of the grounding is unknown at this time and will be investigated. We suspect insufficient depth of water.