CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard and other local agencies are
searching for a ship’s missing anchor in the Cooper River
The Siteam Aniara, a 584-foot Liberian-flagged tank vessel, lost
propulsion in the Cooper River just north of the Ravenel Bridge.
The vessel dropped its port anchor; however, it separated from
the vessel and remains in the Cooper River between Drum Island
Reach and Wando Lower Reach. The exact position and depth of the
anchor is unknown.
Siteam Aniara has been secured and the Coast Guard Captain of
the Port of Charleston has established a safety zone for the
Cooper and Wando River from the Ravenel Bridge to the Don Holt
Bridge. Vessels with a draft of more than 20-feet are prohibited
from entering the safety zone without the permission of the
captain of the port.
The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.