Cargo vessel refloated after grounding off St. Thomas

A 223 ft cargo vessel that ran aground last week near Charlotte Amalie Harbour in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands has been refloated.

Togo-flagged vessel Ocean Spirit I grounded just off the entrance of the harbour’s East Gregory Channel while transporting cargo from St. Thomas to Puerto Rico, including six propane trailer trucks, automobiles, lumber and food. The coast guard said that there were no signs of distress or oil leakage.

Sea Tow Virgin Islands franchise owner Captain Alan Wentworth met with the captain of Ocean Spirit I and determined there were no breaches to the vessel’s hull. Captain Wentworth then had a diver perform an underwater survey of the ship, which was aground all the way to mid-ship and was shifting on the rocks. The only visible damage was to the ship’s keel coolers.

After speaking with the ship’s captain and reviewing the underwater footage, Captain Wentworth decided to wait until the next high tide to move the vessel.

His crew and six US Coast Guard vessels successfully recovered the ship without any reported injuries or pollution.