A bulker that had been held at anchor in Duluth Harbour for more than a month over alleged illegal discharges was finally allowed to dock on Wednesday.
The German-owned Cornelia had carried a load of steel to Duluth, Minnesota, and was leaving for Tunisia with an outward cargo of grain when it was detained by the US Coast Guard (USCG) early November on suspicion of discharging oily water at an unspecified location.
It was unclear as of Wednesday night when the vessel would be allowed to leave but in the meantime it will be able to restock supplies and pump out its waste water.
There had been concerns that if its detention had lasted beyond this week it could become icebound.
Cornelia is owned by German firm Mineralien Schiffahrt (MST).