BRIEF: Container ship runs aground near Kalama, Wash.

By Nicole Dungca, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

May 24–ASTORIA — A 648-foot container ship was anchored in Kalama after it ran aground in the Columbia River in the area Sunday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Sector Portland responded about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and helped refloat the Pacific Flores after a steering casualty caused the vessel to run aground on its port bow.

The ship, which had not been carrying cargo at the time, holds 600 tons of fuel, but the tanks do not appear to be leaking.

No injuries have been reported, and the Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology are still investigating the incident.

— Nicole Dungca

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