Mississagi remains grounded awaiting divers’ assessment

Mississagi remains grounded awaiting divers’ assessment

San Francisco: The Canadian freighter Mississagi, grounded in Michigan’s St Mary’s River on Wednesday, was still unable to be moved as of Thursday morning, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said.

It had been carrying a cargo of stone from Bruce Mines, Ontario, when it became stuck in what the USCG described as “hazardous” shoal some 4 miles from Detour Village.

To outside appearances nothing has spilled but a USCG spokesman said they have hired divers who are expected to be on the scene on Friday to examine beneath the ship to be sure nothing is leaking.

If the divers give the thumbs up on that score the next move should be to lighten the load of the 603-ft Mississagi (15,787 dwt, built 1943). Then the USCG hopes to have a plan of action by the weekend to get the ship moving again.

No crew injuries were reported in the incident and there has been no delay to traffic on the waterway.

USCG investigators are also trying to determine how the grounding occurred.

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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