Freighter Aground in River Linking Lakes Superior, Huron

US cargo ship runs aground in Northern Michigan waterway

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

Until the ship's company, Grand River Navigation Inc., comes up with a safe salvage plan the waterway will remain closed to other commercial vessels.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are no signs of pollution coming from the stable, grounded vessel. That leaves 12 vessels waiting in Lake Superior to go down-bound and three waiting to go up-bound. It traveled on its own power to an anchoring spot near Lake Nickolet for inspection and there was no damage to the hull.

A safety zone of 200 yards is being enforced around the vessel's current position.

Coast Guard officials say the cargo vessel Calumet was re-floated Friday at about 8:50 p.m. and sailed under its own power to anchor near Lake Nickolet in MI.

Contracted divers conducted an initial assessment of the vessel's stern Thursday and determined that it is structurally sound.

The cause is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. Marie, Ont., around 11:40 p.m.to its destination in MI, where it ran aground outside the channel on the north side of Sugar Island. The vessel was not carrying any cargo.

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