Merchant vessel runs aground in Saint Marys River

Merchant vessel runs aground in Saint Marys River

The Coast Guard is on scene and no injuries have been reported.

After the Calumet was refloated by offloading ballast water, it then sailed under its own power to anchorage near Lake Nickolet where it underwent an exterior and interior examination. On Saturday morning, with the river open, the number had been cut to seven.

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Homeland of Security commissioned a study to examine the economic effects if the Soo Locks lost its largest of two locks, the Poe Lock, which would block much the commercial ship traffic to and from Lake Superior.

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the vessel, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has conducted an assessment of the river bottom around the vessel. All vessels without prior authorization from the Captain of the Port or his designated representatives shall stay out of the safety zone.

The coast guard placed a protective boom around the ship as a precautionary measure, Lieutenant Junior Grade Sean Murphy said.

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The Coast Guard conducted aerial flights on Thursday and Friday.

The incident occurred just before midnight on Wednesday on the St. Marys River north of Sugar Island.

The merchant vessel, Calumet, departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation. The vessel was not carrying any cargo.

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