Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Freighter grounded near Soo Locks

Freighter grounded near Soo Locks

The Coast Guard is one scene and says no one was injured.

The cargo vessel Calumet, a 629-foot ship that ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday, was re-floated Friday, at approximately 8:50 PM, after the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan submitted by the vessel's owner.

The river reopened about 9:30 p.m. Friday after it was closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point after the Calumet grounded.

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

The vessel, which was not carrying any cargo, had left Algoma and was transiting downbound to Brevort, Mich.

The Army Corp of Engineers conducted an assessment of the river bottom around the vessel.

Once the vessel is refloated, it will be towed to a designated anchorage in Lake Nickolet for exterior and interior hull examinations.

The 19,600 dwt self-unloading bulker Calumet, departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste.

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 cause is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.

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