The 767 foot long, 25345 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker became stranded in ice on Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks. The bulk carrier was en route to the ore dock in Marquette when it became stuck in thick ice. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arriving the following day and broke up the ice around the Kaye E. Barker allowing the vessel to continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state strong winds earlier in the week had compressed the ice field.
On July 16, the 234 meter long, 25345 dwt bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker allided with the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge on the Fox River in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The laker was attempting to go up the river with its cargo of coal when it struck the fendering around the bridge along with a nearby floating dock. A recreational watercraft was also struck and sustained significant damage. Traffic was halted on the bridge until it could be inspected for damage.
The Kaye E. Barker had no injuries, damage or pollution released. Traffic was resumed on the bridge by the following day. The cause of the allision is under investigation by the Coast Guard.