Bulker floats free after grounding in Duluth Harbor

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(CLEVELAND) — The motor vessel American Spirit, which ran aground in Duluth-Superior Harbor, Duluth, Minn., floated free from the bottom at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday.

American Spirit floated free from the bottom due to a water level rise in the harbor. It proceeded under its own power, with tug assistance, to the Husky Fuel dock. An examination of the interior and exterior of the hull is ongoing.

The safety zone established around American Spirit is no longer in effect. The Duluth Ship Canal, Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, and Minnesota Slip Bridge are open and operating as normal.

The 990-foot motor vessel ran aground in Duluth Harbor at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The vessel was departing Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite when it ran aground just short of the breakwall while attempting to turn out of the harbor.

There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff