The integrated tug Victory / barge James L. Kuber became disabled in bad weather on Lake Superior off Stannard Rock near Marquette, Michigan. The integrated vessels had suffered a mechanical failure allowing the 673 foot long barge to break free. With 20 knot winds and 12 foot waves, the tug was having difficulty reconnecting the vessels again. The Victory requested assistance with the United States Coast Guard responding. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene. A cutter was also dispatched, but turned around before reaching the vessels. The bulk freighter Saginaw along with the tug Anlian Lady were nearby and were asked to assist. The Saginaw arrived on scene and provided a lee to allow the Victory crew to reconnect to the James L. Kuber. The Saginaw then escorted the Victory towards Sault Ste Marie. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Victory had some 8,500 gallons of diesel fuel on board while the James L. Kuber was loaded with 21,000 tons of iron ore.
The 194 meter long, 19390 dwt self-unloader bulk carrier Saginaw suffered damage while unloading at Thunder Bay, Canada. The Saginaw’s 75 meter long boom failed and fell onto the terminal where the vessel was docked. The boom wasn’t being used at the time and was moved out over the terminal to allow the crew to access the hatches to load cargo onto the vessel. The boom was damaged, but no details to what extent and the time frame to repair or replace the boom. No one was injured. The Saginaw was completing the last shipment at Thunder Bay for the shipping season and scheduled to unload its cargo at Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.