The 177 meter long, 33562 dwt bulk carrier Global Gold allided with a pier at Astoria, Oregon. The Global Gold was arriving in port with its cargo of lumber when it struck the pier suffering a four foot long gash in the hull near the stern. The impact also ruptured a fuel tank spilling some 1000 gallons of diesel into the water. Authorities responded and placed booms around the bulk carrier while the vessel’s crew applied absorbent pads around the area impacted by the spill. No reports of injuries. The Global Gold was detained in port until repairs could be completed. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.