Car carrier runs aground in Chesapeake Bay, but no Golden Ray rerun

Wallenius Wilhelmsen car carrier Tirranna (IMO 9377523) ran aground on Tuesday April 27th in Chesapeake Bay the estuary on the US Atlantic coast that leads to Baltimore, Maryland.

However, the vessel was refloaed and there was no danger of a rerun of the Golden Ray disaster, which hit Brunswick, Georgia in September 2019. The Golden Ray had also travelled south from Baltimore before its accident.

Watchstanders at US Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a report at 03:30 local time that the Tirranna had run aground near the Cape Charles Anchorage at approximately 03:30 local time The vessel was heading southbound on its way from Baltimore to Savannah, Georgia.

The USCG launched a Response Boat-Small to obtain an initial assessment of the situation. A helicopter conducted an overflight to assess the scene from the air.  There were no reports of pollution, injury or damage. The vessel was safely refloated and was now anchored, the USCG said.

Captain Samson Stevens, Commander Coast Guard Sector Virginia, said that “with the recent focus on global shipping, we are relieved this incident was quickly resolved and are thankful for the engagement of our port community and interagency team”.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

2009-built, Norway-flagged, 71,673 gt Tirranna is owned by Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning care of Wilhelmsen Ship Management of Lysaker, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Mal.

As of April 28th the vessel remained at Norfolk anchorage.