Iron freighter grounds in Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a 750-foot freighter loaded with pig iron grounded in the lower Mississippi River, impeding traffic for several hours.
Petty Officer Carlos Vega says the Panamanian-flagged Arouzu grounded Wednesday around 9:30 a.m. above Head of Passes on its way to LaPlace. For a time, only one-way traffic was allowed in the area but two-way traffic resumed Wednesday afternoon.
Vega says there are no reports of pollution or injuries.
He says Blue Water Shipping sent three tugs to free the ship.
An online Coast Guard database shows that the Aruzu is owned by Green Spanker Shipping SA and operated by Kowa Marine Service Co., LTD. The World Shipping Register's online database indicates that both are based in Imabari, in Japan's Ehime Prefecture.