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Container Ship Goes Aground in Savannah River

The US Coast Guard is investigating how a container ship ran aground in the Savannah River Tuesday.

The 94,000 ton Maersk Surabaya is some ten football fields long and can haul over 8,000 20-foot-long containers across the world’s oceans. But on Tuesday evening, the behemoth vessel found itself stranded in the Savannah River on its way to the Port of Savannah.

It took seven tugboats several hours to nudge the ship back into the middle of the river and get it enroute again to the port, several miles upstream from where the ship grounded.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit is investigating. No injuries or pollution releases were reported.

The Port of Savannah is the fourth-busiest US container port, and the second-busiest on the east coast, behind the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.