629 ft. cargo ship runs aground, closes St Marys River

12 August, 2017, 19:33 | Author: Hope Soto
  • The freighter Calumet sits aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie Mich. on Thursday

The St. Marys River is closed to commercial vessels from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point. The freighter's owner is working on a plan to free the vessel.

Grand River Navigation was set to finalize a salvage plan and present it to the U.S. Coast Guard for review and approval late yesterday. There are 12 vessels anchored or moored waiting to transit downbound on the river and 5 vessels waiting to transit upbound on the river.

Contracted divers conducted an initial assessment of the vessel's stern and determined that it is structurally sound.

Stateside's conversation with Lieutenant Junior Grade Sean Murphy of the United States Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported the 629-foot Calumet refloated quickly once work got underway, and it was moved to a designated anchorage downriver.

629 ft. cargo ship runs aground, closes St Marys River
629 ft. cargo ship runs aground, closes St Marys River

The Coast Guard said the freighter left ESSAR Steel in Sault Ste.

Bulk carrier CALUMET ran aground at 2340 LT Aug 9 on St. Marys River in the United States zone at Sault Ste.

The vessel's name is "Calumet" and Murphy said it remains grounded north of Sugar Island.

The cause is under investigation.

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