The 44 meter long, 661 dwt towboat Defiance and the 186 meter long, 42,800 dwt barge Ashtabula ran aground in the Straits of Mackinaw in the Round Island Passage between Mackinac Island and Round Island, Michigan. The vessels departed from Cedarville bound for Buffington, Indiana when the vessels had run aground and became stuck on the clay bottom. The vessels remained stuck for several hours until currents pulled the tug/barge vessels free.
The Coast Guard conducted a flyover the vessels and found no pollution had been released. The vessels proceeded to an anchorage after the grounding. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
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 August 9, the 629 foot long, 19800 dwt bulk carrier Calumet ran aground on the St. Marys River near Sugar Island, Michigan. The cause of the grounding was not yet reported, but the bulk carrier was headed downbound headed for Brevort, Michigan. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Traffic on the St. Marys River was halted between the Soo Locks to 6 Mile Point. Divers were requested to inspect the hull of damage.