Grounded ship removed in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Crews have removed a ship grounded in Virginia Beach Friday morning.

“Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and dynamic operation, requiring close coordination of multiple stakeholders,” said Capt. John Little, Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. “We are eager to have the vessel removed from Virginia Beach and returned to service while ensuring that it represents no hazard to the port or the environment.”

Chopper 10 over the Ornak as its freed from its spot in Virginia Beach.

Crews began to remove the Ornak stuck near First Landing State Park around 9:45 a.m. Chopper 10 flew over the ship as it made its way back to the Lynnhaven Anchorage port facility.

The Coast Guard says heavy winds caused two ships to collide and a third ship to run aground near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Tuesday evening. Around 7:30 p.m., a 79-foot rig vessel collided with a 1065-foot container ship in the Thimble Shoal Channel. Coast Guard officials say the ships are now safely anchored without reports of damage, pollution or injury.

About an hour later, Petty Officer Brandyn Hill with the Coast Guard said a 751-foot cargo ship that was anchored at Lynnhaven Anchorage port facility ran aground near First Landing State Park. The Coast Guard says winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour caused 12 other nearby ships to drag anchor.

Photos: Ship grounded in VB

“The Coast Guard, commercial industry and port partners are coordinating efforts to respond to the current adverse weather conditions and are monitoring all efforts to safely attend all vessels,” said Little said Wednesday.

The Ornak is homeported in Nassau Bahamas.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

Stay with for updates on this developing story.


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