The 640 foot long, 23320 dwt bulk freighter Algorail went aground on the Saginaw River near Bay City, Michigan. The Algorail was proceeding to Zilwaukee with its cargo of salt when it became stuck in the shipping channel. The vessel was unable to refloat itself and requested assistance by a tug. The tug attempted to free the vessel, but it required the freighter to lighten some its cargo before it floated free. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The cause of the grounding may be due to silting in the river. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
- Stuck lake freighter Algorail floats free in Saginaw River after getting help from a barge (mlive.com)
- Freighter hauling salt is freed from Saginaw River (minbcnews.com)