On September 15, a barge on Lake Michigan exploded off Michigan City, Indiana. The barge was being used to pull in buoys when there was a fuel leak on board. The crew turned the engine off just before an electrical spark caused an explosion. Three crew sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. Authorities placed a boom around the hull as fuel was released in to the lake. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
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.
On January 30, the fishing tug Sandy sank on Pere Marquette Lake at Ludington, Michigan. The vessel was at its winter berth when it’s hull was damaged by ice resulting in water ingress and sank. There were no injuries as no one was on board at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard was notified and dispatched a response team to the scene to monitor salvage and any release of pollution. Reports state a few days later, equipment arrived and was able to hoist the Sandy out of the water.