United States cargo ship runs aground in Northern Michigan waterway

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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. The plan was approved, and efforts to free the Calumet got underway.

Once the vessel is refloated, it will be towed to a designated anchorage in Lake Nickolet for exterior and interior hull examinations.

Transit on the river is closed and so far, the ship is blocking 17 vessels from passage.

The Army Corp of Engineers conducted an assessment of the river bottom around the vessel.

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A safety zone of 200 yards is being enforced around the vessel's current position.

Stateside's conversation with Lieutenant Junior Grade Sean Murphy of the United States Coast Guard. No pollution was observed.

The cause is under investigation.

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. The ship was not carrying any cargo, which made freeing it less complicated. The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.