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738-foot coal ship runs aground near Naval Station Norfolk

The Hong Dai, , a Panamanian-flagged ship, sits aground a quarter mile Northwest of Sewell's Point near Norfolk, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

U.S. COAST GUARD

By GORDON RAGO | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: October 1, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — A 738-foot coal ship ran aground off Sewells Point Wednesday night. The Coast Guard ordered it to stay there on Thursday.

The Hong Dai, a Panamanian-flagged ship reported running aground on the soft, sandy bottom about \u00bc mile northwest of Sewells Point — near Naval Station Norfolk.

The shipping channel remains open, according to Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Schrader, a Coast Guard spokesman. The ship had some coal on it and was on its way to pick up more.

There are 22 crew members on the ship. No one was injured and there were no reports of pollution or flooding aboard the ship, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard crews along with the Port of Virginia’s Maritime Incident Response Team responded to the scene. The Coast Guard said it’s talking to the ship’s owner to come up with a plan to get it moving again.

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