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Self-unloader runs aground in Lake Superior

A self-unloading freighter carrying a load of iron ore pellets ran aground in eastern Lake Superior on Friday afternoon.

The Roger Blough was en route from the Twin Ports (of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin) to Conneaut, Ohio when it grounded near Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay, 10 miles east of Sault Ste Marie in Michigan.

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

No injuries were reported but as of Friday night the 24 crew members were still aboard.

US Coast Guard (USCG) response vessels were ion the scene and some USCG inspectors had gone aboard the Roger Blough to assess the situation.

The grounded vessel is not impeding the movement of other ships.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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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