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Lightering begins on grounded Roger Blough in Lake Superior

Lightering operations began on Friday on the grounded freighter Roger Blough, which ran aground on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior on Friday May 27.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) said the receiving vessel Philip R. Clarke began removing some of the cargo of iron ore pellets that the Roger Blough had been transporting on its route from the Twin Ports (of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin) to Conneaut, Ohio when the grounding occurred.

The 858-foot vessel, owned by Canadian National Railway’s Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet, experienced minor flooding in some ballast tanks but there was no pollution and no injuries to the crew.

When lightering is complete the vessel will be refloated. The operation is a team effort of USCG, Canadian partners, salvage specialists and company representatives.

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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