At first on 21 March, 623 foot, 5,4881 DWT Panama-flagged bulk carrier Sparna was reported to have grounded “briefly” on the Columbia River in Washington near the Julie Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge between Cathlamet and Skamokawa.
The ship with a river pilot on board and laden with a cargo of grain, 218,380 gallons of heavy fuel oil and 39,380 gallons of marine diesel fuel was then reported to be causing no pollution while taking on water in void spaces below the waterline. Anchored, safely afloat she was attended by two tugs PJ Brix and Pacific Escort. Pollution response vessels and booms were deployed.
However, a later inspection revealed damage to two flooded compartments and multiple hull fractures - the largest being 25 feet by 5 feet and a boulder lodged inside.