Cargo ship carrying fertilizer runs aground near Fort Macon

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

Sector North Carolina Coast Guard issued a response crew from Fort Macon that performed an assessment of the ship and channel.

The cargo ship is still aground, and the Coast Guard has temporarily closed the Beaufort inlet channel to all marine traffic for safety reasons.

The ship’s name is Pola Palekha, and no injuries to people on board or damage to the vessel has been reported. The reason for the ship running aground is also unknown.


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