Bulker Refloated after Grounding in Mississippi River

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The Mississippi River has reopened to vessel traffic following the refloating of a UK-flagged bulk carrier which grounded near New Orleans on Friday.

According to a report from the US Coast Guard, 114,248 dwt bulk carrier Anglo Alexandria ran aground in the Lower Mississippi River in the morning hours on Friday.

The incident blocked the navigation channel and closed the river at mile marker 3.5. The USCG on Friday said that over 50 vessels were waiting in queue to transit in or out of the river.

Shortly after the grounding, tugs arrived at the scene to assist the 837-foot bulk carrier, which activated its Vessel Response Plan.

AIS data provided my Marine Traffic shows that Anglo Alexandria is currently anchored.

There were no reports of pollution or injuries following the incident. Relevant authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

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