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LNG Carrier Matthew - Coral Grounding; Guayanilla, PR

Guayanilla, PR | 2009-Dec-15

Initial Notification: This morning at 0605 EST DARRP was notified by USCG Sector San Juan that the 920' LNG Carrier Matthew grounded on a reef while in bound to Guayanilla, PR at approximately 0500EST. The vessel's starboard bow was reported as aground. While CG was establishing an IC and activated salvage teams the the vessel was able to free herself by transferring ballast and bunker fuel aft. Three tugs were also on hand to assist. CG reported the vessel was free 0812EST. We have a NOAA contractor enroute to catch up with the CG investigators as well as to do an initial reef survey.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Other
Tags:Coral, Grounding
Latitude (approximate): 17° 57.65′ North
Longitude (approximate): 66° 45.49′ West