On July 7, the 194 meter long, 18602 dwt bulk carrier Ojibway caught fire on Lake Huron at Sarnia, Ontario. The fire started in the vessel’s galley and quickly intensified. Local fire fighters were requested and were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. No reports of injuries to the 24 crew, but one fire fighter sustained injuries and taken to hospital for treatment. Reports state the Ojibway sustained damage around $100,000 (Canadian Dollars).
The 194 meter long bulk freighter Buffalo went aground on Lake Huron near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The Buffalo was en route to Cleveland with a cargo of iron ore pellets when it suffered a malfunction with its propulsion system. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Two tugs were dispatched to the scene to help refloat the bulk carrier. The Unites States and Canadian Coast Guard were on scene monitoring the situation. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.
The 43 meter long United States Coast Guard icebreaker tugboat Bristol Bay suffered a fire while on the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The fire started in the Bristol Bay’s smoke stack while the vessel was conducting a training exercise. The vessel dropped anchor while the crew sprayed water into the stack until the blaze was extinguished. No reports of injuries and the vessel suffered only minimal damage. The Bristol Bay primary responsibility is opening and maintaining shipping lanes in the Great Lakes.