Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Freighter free after running aground in St. Marys River

US cargo ship runs aground in Northern Michigan waterway 629 ft. cargo ship runs aground, closes St Marys River
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 20:34

The Calumet had left a steel mill on the Canadian side of Sault Ste.

Authorities reopened the St. Mary's River to commercial traffic near Sugar Island after re-floating a 629-foot cargo ship late Friday.

He said the waterway is closed to commercial traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point. Marie, Ontario, and was heading down the river, having passed through the Soo Locks, to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground at about 11:40 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Coast Guard reported. The vessel was not carrying any cargo. That leaves 12 vessels waiting in Lake Superior to go down-bound and three waiting to go up-bound.

Grand River Navigation, the owners of the ship, has hired an Oil Spill Removal Organization to place boom near the front of the vessel as a precaution. The Coast Guard also said there was no sign of pollution.

An initial assessment of the vessel's stern performed by contracted divers has determined that it is structurally sound.

The Army Corps of Engineers says no debris is obstructing the channel and Coast Guard officials say they didn't find any impact to the environment.

The Coast Guard conducted aerial flights on Thursday and Friday.

The grounding did not appear to cause any significant damage to the Calumet.