On Febuary 9, the 181 meter long, 33,800 dwt bulk carrier Floriana ran aground on the Mississippi River near Pilottown, Louisiana. The Floriana was heading towards New Orleans from Veracruz when it veered out of the shipping channel and run aground on a mud bank. The bulk carrier was unable to free itself and authorities dispatched a tug to assist in refloating efforts. The Floriana proceeded to anchorage off Pilottown where it was inspected for damage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.