On March 20, the 225 meter long, 37421 dwt bulk carrier Algoma Conveyor ran aground on Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Fox River at Green Bay, Wisconsin. The vessel was proceeding along the navigation channel when it lost power and drifted aground. There were no injuries or damage on board the Algoma Conveyor. The Coast Guard was alerted and dispatch a team to inspect the bulk carrier. Reports state some of the cargo of salt will be lightered off the Algoma Conveyor before it will be refloated.
On July 16, the 234 meter long, 25345 dwt bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker allided with the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge on the Fox River in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The laker was attempting to go up the river with its cargo of coal when it struck the fendering around the bridge along with a nearby floating dock. A recreational watercraft was also struck and sustained significant damage. Traffic was halted on the bridge until it could be inspected for damage.
The Kaye E. Barker had no injuries, damage or pollution released. Traffic was resumed on the bridge by the following day. The cause of the allision is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
The 158 meter long, 19,414 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Alpena caught fire on Lake Michigan while berthed at a shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The fire started in the stern section just above the engine room and quickly extended into the superstructure. Local firefighters arrived on scene and were able to bring the blaze under control. No reports of injuries. The Alpena sustained significant fire damage and required multiple weeks for repairs before it can go back into service. Reports state the Alpena was undergoing a five year inspection.