On April 13, the 35 meter long, 478 dwt tugboat Albert and the tanker barge Margaret ran aground at the entrance to the Detroit River near Peche Island. The Albert was pushing the barge loaded with 3,990,000 gallons of diesel fuel bound for Green Bay when it struck a mud bank just within the borders of the United States. The United States Coast Guard was dispatched to the scene and found the barge and tug firmly stuck in the mud. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Both Canadian and United States authorities are monitoring the situation. Reports state there are multiple teams aiding in refloating the vessels. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 656 foot long, 36563 dwt bulk carrier Federal Rideau ran aground in Lake St. Clair near the entrance to the Detroi River. The Federal Rideau was downbound heading to Montreal with 22672 tons of wheat when it suffered a steering failure and ran onto a mud bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Initial attempts to refloat the bulk carrier with two tugs failed. Another attempt with a total of five tugs was to be attempted on the following day. Authorities reported that Federal Rideau is partially blocking the channel, but traffic was still open.