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Freighter remains grounded near Soo Locks, blocking commercial ship traffic

Freighter remains grounded near Soo Locks, blocking commercial ship traffic
Brady Slater Aug 10, 2017

Commercial shipping traffic to and from Lake Superior was at a standstill Thursday after a freighter ran aground in the St. Marys River near the Soo Locks.

The Calumet, a 629-foot U.S. cargo ship, ran aground late Wednesday and remained aground late Thursday in the 77-nautical-mile waterway that connects lakes Superior and Huron. Because of its precarious position less than 3 miles east of the Soo Locks, the grounding forced a halt to ship traffic into and out of the locks, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

As of Thursday night, several downbound ships were tied up at the Soo Locks, waiting to continue down the St. Marys River. Others were queuing up at anchor in Whitefish Bay on the far eastern end of Lake Superior.

The Calumet had departed the Essar Steel mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and was transiting down the river, having passed through the Soo Locks, to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground, the Coast Guard said. It was not carrying any cargo and there were no reports of injuries.

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