2017 Aug 11

Photos: Laker Goes Aground on St. Marys River

On Wednesday night, the 20,000 dwt Great Lakes freighter Calumet went aground on the St. Marys River, not far from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The vessel departed the Essar Steel dock in Sault Ste. Marie and was headed for Brevort, Michigan when it ran aground.

The vessel was not carrying any cargo, and no injuries or pollution were reported. The St. Marys River has been closed to commercial vessels in the vicinity of the accident.

The Army Corps of Engineers assessed the river bottom around the vessel, and commercial divers inspected the ship’s stern and found it to be structurally sound. Dive surveys continued Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard aircrews conducted two aerial monitoring flights on Thursday and observed no pollution. The ship’s operator has hired a spill response company to place a containment boom near the bow of the vessel as a precautionary measure.

An investigating officer and safety officer from the Coast Guard are on board the Calumet. In addition, a 45-foot response boat remains on scene to monitor the safety of the vessel and any possible environmental impact. The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay is scheduled to arrive on scene Friday afternoon to provide support. 

The operator is finalizing a salvage plan and is expected to submit it to the Coast Guard late on Thursday. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.


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