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Aug. 16, 2012 Ninth Coast Guard District:
Salvage experts refloat grounded freighter in St. Marys RiverSAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — Salvage experts successfully refloated the freighter Paul R. Tregurtha early morning August 16. At 5:30 a.m. two tugs moved the stern of the ship into the middle of the channel. This enabled salvage experts to successfully raise the ship's bow by filling stern voids which reduced the amount of forward weight on the rocks.
The vessel was cleared to proceed to anchorage near Detour, Mich., where the owners, the Coast Guard marine inspectors, ABS Surveyor and divers will continue inspection and investigation activities to ascertain the vessel's condition and ensure it's safety prior to departing anchorage. The vessel is planning to offload its cargo of 62,000 tons of coal and proceed to a drydock for repairs.
Biggest vessel of the Great Lakes bulk carrier Paul R. Tregurtha aground
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
At 03:10 LT August 15 US Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie was informed that the bulk carrier Paul R. Tregurtha grounded on the west side of Neebish Island in the vicinity of what is commonly known as the Rock Cut, in the downbound channel of the St. Marys River. The vessel is carrying approximately 62,000 tons of coal. The initial grounding occurred in way of the vessel’s bow but the ship pivoted and the stern became grounded as well. Currently, the vessel is hard aground at its bow and stern and the ship spans the width of the shipping channel. Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie transported responding personnel to the grounded freighter at approximately 6 a.m. to assess the situation and determine the extent of any structural damage to the vessel. Initial reports indicate there is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported, but there is some damage.
On USCG photo grounded Paul R. Tregurtha, which is currently crowned with the title Queen of the Lakes, as the biggest vessel operating in Great Lakes.
Bulk carrier Paul R. Tregurtha IMO 7729057, dwt 69172, built 1981, flag USA, manager THE INTERLAKE STEAMSHIP CO.