Effort Started To Free Freighter Aground In St. Marys River

Ebony Scott
August 12, 2017

A 191-metre US cargo ship remains stuck in shallow water on the St. Mary's River after running aground Wednesday night.

The Coast Guard says the 629′ USA cargo ship ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday night at approximately 11:40pm.

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

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Grand River Navigation Inc., the vessel's owner, submitted a salvage plan Friday afternoon to the Coast Guard's Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT) for review. A Coast Guard pollution aerial observer was aboard both flights and saw no pollution.

The St. Marys River is closed to commercial vessels from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point.

The cause is under investigation. The plan was approved, and efforts to free the Calumet got underway.

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.

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