On June 10, the 302 foot long barge PML2501 ran aground on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The barge was being towed by the 132 foot long tugboat Anglian Lady bound for Burns Harbor, Indiana with 3622 tons of coal tar and 6000 gallons of diesel fuel when it struck bottom off Sweets Point. The barge sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress in a ballast tank. The Coast Guard was alerted and found there was no pollution being released from the PML2501. A safety zone was established around the barge while a salvage plan is being developed. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On July 18, the 223 meter long, 36674 dwt bulk carrier CSL Laurentien ran aground on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The CSL Laurentien remained aground for a few hours until two tugs were able to help refloat the vessel. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the CSL Laurentien proceeded to an anchorage where it will undergo surveys.
The 190 meter long, 32594 dwt bulk carrier Federal Katsura ran aground on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Federal Katsura was arriving from Sarina, Ontario with a cargo of steel when it grounded in the river. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Federal Katsura was refloated and berthed at a nearby dock to unload its cargo. Canadian Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the incident.