MV Kure Harbour freed after running aground in Placentia Bay

A bulk carrier that ran aground Saturday morning has been successfully freed.

The Canadian Coast Guard reported earlier Saturday that the MV Kure Harbour ran aground around 8 a.m.

A spokesperson for the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada said the ship was anchored at the time and was in the process of lifting its anchor when strong winds caused it to run aground.

The tugboat Lois M secured a tow line to the Kure Harbour — with other tugs, the Placentia Hope and the Avalon Pilot, on site to help if needed — as crews waited for the rising tide to allow them to free the ship.

Jan Woodford, regional director of communications for DFO, confirmed to CBC Saturday evening that the ship had been freed shortly before 6:30 p.m.

No pollution was reported and the ship was stable, operational and the crew safe, said Woodford.

The Kure Harbour is a 190-metre, 50,000-tonne ship registered in Panama.

DFO said there was no cargo on board and the ship has 580 tonnes of fuel.

DFO said MV Kure Harbour's owner is arranging for divers to inspect the ship's hull for damage.