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Argent Cosmos aground

The Coast Guard is responding to a grounded tanker, the Argent Cosmos, a 557-foot Panamanian-flagged tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol. It also has 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons of low-sulfur oil aboard. The vessel was outbound after finishing a port call at Longview, Washington. Two tugs are on scene in the vicinity of Skamokawa, Washington to assist as the water rises with the incoming tide.

Apparently the Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground at 6:28 a.m. Thursday.

A boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II from Station Cape Disappointment is en route to the vessel with a Sector Columbia River inspections team.

The Coast Guard Commander and the captain of the port have placed a no-movement order on the vessel until Coast Guard inspectors ensure the safety of the environment and the crew aboard.

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