Cargo ship carrying fertilizer runs aground near Fort Macon

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FORT MACON, N.C. (WNCT) – A 590-foot cargo ship, the Pola Palekh, carrying 35,800 metric tons of Potash fertilizer ran aground early Thursday afternoon near Fort Macon.

At 1:15 p.m., Sector North Carolina Coast Guard issued a response crew from Fort Macon that performed an assessment of the ship and channel.

The Coast Guard temporarily closed the Beaufort Inlet Channel to all marine traffic for safety reasons. Crews refloated the vessel

At about 8:18 p.m., tugboats assisted the Pola Palekh and escorted it to Morehead City State Port Terminal. The ship arrived around 8:45 p.m.

The Beaufort Inlet Channel has reopened to all marine traffic.

No injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel were reported.