Tugboats help free grounded freighter in Michigan

(DETROIT) — American Courage, a 617-foot lake freighter that ran aground in the St. Clair River on Tuesday morning, was successfully refloated at about 7 p.m. with the help of vessels from Great Lakes Towing.

The freighter, owned by Grand River Navigation and carrying 20,000 tons of stone, grounded near Marine City, Mich. After being refloated, the ship anchored north of Marine City and was expected to dock there between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Nov. 8.

American Courage is shown aground Tuesday in the St. Clair River near Marine City, Mich. U.S. Coast Guard photo

There were no injuries to crewmembers or those that responded. No pollution was observed or reported.

The Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Detroit will verify the proper position of all aids to navigation affected, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an underwater survey to verify channel depth and to determine if there are any impacts from the grounding.

– U.S. Coast Guard


By Professional Mariner Staff