Bulk carrier aground, St. Marys River, Ontario

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard officials said a plan to offload ballast water was expected to get underway late Friday, Aug. 11.

"They're going to anchor it there and do an examination".

The St Marys River is closed to commercial vessels after a cargo ship ran aground Wednesday night.

USA cargo ship ran aground on Wednesday night on the north side of Sugar Island in the St. Marys River.

The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, homeporterd in St. Ignace, Michigan, is on scene, along with a local agency response boat, to assist in enforcing the safety zone and monitor the stability and potential environmental impact of the grounding.

Bulk carrier aground, St. Marys River, Ontario
Bulk carrier aground, St. Marys River, Ontario

The Calumet was navigating a roughly 45-degree rightward turn in the navigation channel when it went aground. No injuries were reported.

The vessel's name is "Calumet" and Murphy said it remains grounded north of Sugar Island.

The owner of the ship, Grand River Navigation, is finalizing a salvage plan and will present it to the Coast Guard for approval later today.

The cause is under investigation. That leaves 12 vessels waiting in Lake Superior to go down-bound and three waiting to go up-bound.

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