Bulker takes on water after hitting underwater object

(SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) — U.S. and Canadian officials are investigating after a bulk carrier struck an underwater object and began taking on water in Lake Superior, CNN and the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

The service responded after crew on the 689-foot Michipicoten reported at 6:53 a.m. Saturday that the ship was experiencing flooding as it traveled southwest of Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

The bulk carrier Michipicoten safely anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sunday after taking on water while transiting Lake Superior. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The bulker was carrying taconite, a low-grade iron ore, the Coast Guard said on X.

Half of the ship’s 22-person crew was removed from the vessel after the incident, the Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported.

The ship safely anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Sunday and will be brought to a dock once Canadian agencies deem it safe to do so, said a Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard and Transport Canada will conduct marine casualty investigations.

By Professional Mariner Staff