Container ship SM VANCOUVER ran aground on a sandbar while leaving Savannah, USA, at around 1900 UTC Oct 26 north of Tybee island. Grounding was said to be “soft”, the ship was refloated some 4 hours later with the help of tugs, and anchored at Savannah outer anchorage. As of 0200 UTC Oct 27, the ship was still at anchor. SM VANCOUVER is bound for Fort Lauderdale, ETA Oct 28. No damages reported so far. Understood engine failure caused the ship to veer off fairway and ground.
Container ship SM VANCOUVER, IMO 9189495, dwt 67712, capacity 5618 TEU, built 2000, flag Liberia, manager Korea Shipping.