Huge cargo ship becomes stuck in river near Lincolnshire border

A cargo ship became stuck fast in a river near the Lincolnshire border on Tuesday (June 25). The Baltic Arrow ran aground in the River Nene, at Wisbech, with work to refloat her due to take place at the next high tide.

Dramatic photos taken by Charlie Brittain at the scene showed the ship at an angle, completely blocking the flow of marine traffic on the river and appearing to be wedged into the banks. The Port of Wisbech described the incident as a “rare situation”.

The vessel is understood to have been become stuck close to West Walton at just before 9am. The ship is carrying timber and was sailing from Riga in Latvia to the Port of Wisbech.

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An investigation is due to take place to find out why the ship grounded. No injuries or damage to the ship were reported.

A port spokesperson told the BBC earlier on Tuesday: “Since tide has fallen away, plan is to wait until vessel is afloat at next high water to free her from banks with additional tug assistance and continue her pilotage safely into Wisbech Port.

The Baltic Arrow became stuck on the River Nene on Tuesday morning
The Baltic Arrow became stuck on the River Nene on Tuesday morning

“This is a rare situation to happen at Wisbech. We hope to have vessel freed this evening and bring her alongside for discharging as usual.”

According to AIS (Automatic Identification System) marine tracking, the 79.98 metre long and 12.16m wide Baltic Arrow is a “general cargo” ship, sailing under the flag of St Kitts Nevis. Its last port stop was Brunsbüttel in Germany in the early hours of Sunday (June 23).

As of 9.43pm on Tuesday, the ship’s status was still listed as “aground”, with the next high tide due at 10pm. Tugs from Wisbech and Kings Lynn were at the scene.

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