Lack of Dredging Impacts Great Lakes Shippers (USA)
On August 15, response coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received notice that the motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha, owned by Interlake Shipping Company of Ohio, grounded on the west side of Neebish Island in the vicinity of what is commonly known as the “Rock Cut.”
The vessel is carrying approximately 62,000 tons of coal.
The Waterways Council Inc says that low water levels are “plaguing” ore and coal carriers on the Great Lakes carriers.
It’s believed a lack of dredging is making things even more difficult.
Initial reports indicate there is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported, but there is some damage to the ship. The freighter’s stability is currently unaffected.
She was freed the following day.
Dredging Today Staff, November 13, 2012; Image: uscgnews