The 1004 foot long self-unloading bulk carrier American Spirit ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac between Round Island and Mackinac Island. The American Spirit was en route from Two Harbors, Minnesota to Gary, Indiana with 64,800 tons of iron ore when it was pushed by strong winds out of the navigation channel onto a muddy bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The bulk carrier Sam Laud unloaded some of the iron ore off the American Spirit and pulled the American Spirit free. The American Spirit proceeded to an anchorage off St. Ignace for inspection.
The 678 foot long, 14350 dwt freighter Manistee became stuck in ice while proceeding in the Straits of Mackinac near the Mackinac Bridge. The vessel contacted the Coast Guard who dispatched the cutter Biscayne Bay to the scene. The cutter freed the Manistee and escorted the bulk carrier into Lake Huron. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. The Coast Guard conducts ice-breaking on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan as part of Operation Taconite. The Manistee proceeded safely on to its destination at Toledo, Ohio.