Federal Rideau, a bulk carrier registered in Hong Kong, has run aground near the Detroit River. According to the Ninth U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) District, the incident happened yesterday at about 3 a.m. local time in the shipping channel of Lake St. Clair.
The Federal Rideau was en route to Montreal carrying approximately 22,672 tons of wheat. The cause of the incident was a failure of the steering mechanism. It was fixed, but the initial attempt to refloat the vessel failed because one of the two dispatched tugs suffered motor issues.
There were no reports of casualties, damage or pollution. The channel remains open to traffic, vessels in the area are being warned of the incident. Currently about 177 meters (580 feet) of the 192-meter bulk carrier remain in the area of the channel.
Federal Rideau (IMO number 9200445 and MMSI 477734000 ) was built in 2000. Manager of the DWT 36,563-ton vessel is Fednav Ltd.
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