Generator fire doused on Great Lakes bulker, USCG to investigate

Generator fire doused on Great Lakes bulker, USCG to investigate

US Coast Guard (USCG) responded on Monday to a self-discharging Great Lakes bulk carrier that suffered a generator fire.

The fire was extinguished just over an hour after the incident was reported before dawn.

The 1,013-foot long, US-flagged vessel Paul R. Tregurtha was in Whitefish Bay on the eastern end of the southern shore of Lake Superior between Michigan and Ontario at the time.

All 23 crew members of the ship were reported safe and uninjured and no pollution spill was noted.

The Paul R. Tregurtha – flagship of the Ohio-based Interlake Steamship Company – was carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda.

After the incident the ship was anchored near Port Iroquois in Whitefish Bay.

USCG will conduct a Marine Casualty Investigation into the incident.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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