Grounded cement carrier refloated, US

Grounded cement carrier refloated, US
Published: 19 May 2006

The grounded Norwegian-flagged cement carrier Spar Orion was refloated early Thursday after running aground off the coast of Florida the previous day, a US Coast Guard official said. The vessel, carrying 44,000t of bulk cement, was stuck off the coast of Port Everglades as it sailed into the port. The last port of call was in Sweden. The vessel will be anchored one mile off Fort Lauderdale Beach until the next scheduled cargo discharge slot becomes available on Monday. The initial attempts to free the vessel at high tide failed on Wednesday. The grounding did not cause an oil spill, hull damage, vessel traffic problems or injuries.