Cambridgeshire's answer to Ever Given? Cargo ship freed after getting stuck in Cambs river

A cargo ship has been freed after becoming stuck fast in a Cambridgeshire river on Tuesday (June 25). The Baltic Arrow ran aground in the River Nene near Wisbech.

The Baltic Arrow, which was carrying timber from Latvia became stuck near the Port of Wisbech at around 8.49am. A spokesperson for the port described it as a 'rare situation'.

A port spokesperson told the BBC 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. This is a rare situation to happen at Wisbech."

The ship was freed on Tuesday evening. It was assisted by the Fenlander and a tug boat which helped the ship continue its journey into port. Eight crew members were on board but no injuries were reported. The incident will be investigated.

The incident drew comparisons with a more dramatic incident 2021 when the container ship Ever Given caused major disruption to global shipping when it became stuck in the Suez Canal. That ship, one of the largest container ships in the world, blocked the canal - a major sea route connecting Asia and Europe via Egypt - causing disruption for six days.

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