Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Saint Mary River

US cargo ship runs aground in Northern Michigan waterway

It traveled on its own power to an anchoring spot near Lake Nickolet for inspection and there was no damage to the hull.

Grand River Navigation, based in Traverse City, Mich., submitted a salvage plan to United States Coast Guard's salvage engineering response team on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, with the river open, the number had been cut to seven.

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

Following the incident, the St. Marys River was closed to commercial vessels from the Soo Locks east to 6 Mile Point - a roughly 9-mile stretch.

The 629-foot Calumet departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste.

Additional vessels are beginning to queue up before and after the Soo Locks and in Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, outside the river.

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

As a precaution, boom remains in place on the surface of the water near the front of the vessel to protect the environment.

An initial assessment of the vessel's stern performed by contracted divers has determined that it is structurally sound.

USCG is investigating why Calumet ran aground.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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