Washington State Department of Ecology - September 26, 2013

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UPDATE: 8:30 a.m — The tugboat Shannon was safely refloated at 7 a.m. and safely transited to Port Townsend where it is moored. U.S. Coast Guard inspectors are on board investigating the cause of the grounding. No injuries damage or pollution have been reported.

Ecology and Coast Guard responding to tug grounding near Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND – The Washington Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard are monitoring a tugboat that went aground at 12:30 a.m., Thursday, near Port Townsend, in Jefferson County.

The tugboat Shannon went aground at Cape George Beach in the Straits of Juan de Fuca north of Port Townsend. The tug reportedly has two crewmembers aboard and is carrying 4,800 gallons of diesel fuel.

No injuries, damage or pollution have been reported from the grounding.

The Coast Guard is in contact with the crew via radio and the fuel tanks are being monitored on board. The tug is towing a barge of paper products, and remains attached to the barge. The barge never went aground and the tug Reliable from Port Gamble is enroute to take control of the barge.

The plan is to refloat the tug at high tide around noon today.

The cause of the grounding in unknown at this time, the Coast Guard will investigate the incident.

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Media Contact:

Linda Kent, Department of Ecology, 360-791-9830, linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov
Joye Redfield-Wilder, Department of Ecology, 509-961-6277, Joye.Redfield-Wilder@ecy.wa.gov
Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, U.S. Coast Guard public affairs; 206-819-9154