Detained freighter cleared to leave Great Lakes

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

(CLEVELAND) — The owner and operator of the motor vessel Cornelia and the U.S. Coast Guard reached agreement Tuesday that will allow the vessel to depart Lake Superior.  

Now that the agreement is in place to protect the U.S. government's interests in investigating allegations of environmental crimes, the vessel will start making preparations to depart the Great Lakes before the winter lock closures.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota accepted the case for criminal investigation Nov. 9.

The Coast Guard and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota take any allegations involving environmental pollution very seriously. At the same time, both agencies recognize the importance of the flow of commerce through the port of Duluth-Superior and are making every effort to ensure all vessels transit our waters safely and responsibly.

By Professional Mariner Staff