Bulk Carrier Grounds in Michigan


Published Apr 22, 2015 7:22 PM by Wendy Laursen

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a 603-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early on Wednesday.

The Canadian-flagged bulk carrier Mississagi was carrying a load of stone down the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario, when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay approximately four miles northeast of De Tour Village.

The bow of the vessel is aground and the fuel tanks are located near the stern of the vessel. There are no reported injuries to the crew and no reported pollution.

The Coast Guard has responded with boats and a helicopter, and traffic is currently unimpeded.

The owners of Mississagi are working on a salvage plan with Northeast Tech Salvage Company.

Mississagi is a lake freighter launched in 1943. In 1966, it ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan. In 2004, it nearly collided with the seawall at Port Huron, Michigan, and in February 2015, a fire occurred on board.