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 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.
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.