Vessel Aground in St Marys River

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A merchant freighter ran aground downstream from the Soo Locks of the St. Mary's River on Wednesday, Aug. 9 around 11:40 p.m. Marie, Ont., around 11:40 p.m.to its destination in MI, where it ran aground outside the channel on the north side of Sugar Island.

The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, homeporterd in St. Ignace, Michigan, is on scene, along with a local agency response boat, to assist in enforcing the safety zone and monitor the stability and potential environmental impact of the grounding.

The Calumet had departed the Essar Steel mill in Sault Ste.

Grand River Navigation was set to finalize a salvage plan and present it to the U.S. Coast Guard for review and approval late yesterday. It wasn't carrying any cargo.

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The river is now closed to commercial vessels. The freighter's owner is working on a plan to free the vessel. Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Homeland of Security commissioned a study to examine the economic effects if the Soo Locks lost its largest of two locks, the Poe Lock, which would block much the commercial ship traffic to and from Lake Superior.

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