Grounded Cargo Ship Bonnie G Refloated In the Caribbean

An incident started on 4 October with the rescue of 12 individuals from a ship grounded half a mile toward the south of Cyril E. King airport at St. Thomas, U.S., the Virgin Islands, during Tropical Storm Phillippe, has concluded.

Cargo Ship
Credit: United States Coast Guard News

The Vanuatu-flagged, 195-foot RO/RO cargo vessel dubbed Bonnie G, delivered in 1981 as an OSV, has been relocated and refloated.

It is moored safely at the Crown Bay Sandfill dock based in St. Thomas.

This happened after a 26-day saga that played out at the peak of the hurricane season.

At this time, efforts were extended to mitigate pollution threats that included the offloading of fuel from the grounded vessel to three large tanks that were perched on the aft deck of the Harvey Gulf International Marine’s offshore supply vessel titled the Harvey Challenger, that had been brought in from LA’s Port Fourchon.

Yesterday, the salvors refloated the Bonnie G and also towed it to its present mooring spot.

It is understood that this was a complex incident, as Bonnie G’s response endured 26 days with the ship aground and two passing storms at the peak of the hurricane season.

The cooperative efforts helped safeguard the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands by getting rid of the pollution threat safely and preventing major ecological impacts.

Reference: Marine Log

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