Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and was heading to its next port when it ran aground late Wednesday near Sugar Island.
No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard say the freighter, which was not carrying cargo, is stable and there were no signs of pollution in the river linking Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The cause is under investigation.
The river is closed to commercial vessels from the Soo Locks to 6 Mile Point. The freighter’s owner is working on a plan to free the vessel.
The closure has impact locally. The American Century was at the Lake Superior & Ishpeming ore dock in Marquette’s Upper Harbor today but there was uncertainty when the next vessel would arrive.
Boats are at a standstill due to problems with a freighter aground in the St. Marys River. The next boat due to come here is the John G. Munson.