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Iron ore barge in canal prang

The Presque Isle, an integrated Great Lakes barge vessel, collided with the north pier of Duluth ship canal on Monday.

The incident happened when the barge, loaded with iron ore pallets, was leaving the Duluth pier and enroute to Conneaut, Ohio, and the ship sailed too close to the pier and scraped the side of the pier.

Following the incident, the ship ran aground near the pier for a short while and sailed to the Clure Public Marine Terminal for further inspection by the US Coast Guard. According to multiple local reports, initial inspection showed damage to the pier’s structure. 

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

The barge is owned by Key Lakes, which operates the Great Lakes Fleet for Canadian National Railway.

Jason Jiang

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  1. Barge vessel????? Looks like a regular Laker ship to me !
    It was carrying iron ore pallets???? Surely you mean pellets?

    This was unfortunate but why didn’t you report on the far more spectacular collision in the Welland Canal between the coal carrier Florence Spirit and the Deugro breakbulk MPV Alanis = the videos are much better than this scraping incident.

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