Salvage Professionals to Refloat Grounded Ship in St. Marys River, USA

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Salvage professionals safely refloated the freighter Paul R. Tregurtha early Thursday morning which had been hard aground in the downbound channel of the St. Marys River.
At 5:30 a.m., 2 tug boats with a combined 4k horsepower, shifted the stern of the vessel into the middle of the channel. This allowed salvage professionals to safely raise the vessel’s bow by filling stern voids that reduced the sum of forward weight on the rocks.
The agrounded ship was cleared to proceed to anchorage near Detour, Mich., where the vessel's owners, the Coast Guard marine inspectors, ABS Surveyor and divers are going to continue observing and investigation activities to establish the ship’s condition and ensure it’s safety prior to departing anchorage. The ship is scheduled to offload its cargo of 62,000 tons of coal and proceed to a drydock facility for repairs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is onscene and a crew members aboard the ship Bufe swept the channel to identify any hazards raised by the grounding. USACE is going to be dredging zones in the vicinity of the grounding. The dredging of the channel is intended to be completed today.
“It is really important for us to reopen this channel as soon as possible, so merchant ships might resume their delayed transits and get cargoes to their destinations,” told in a statement Lt. Rob Scott, who is chief, Marine Investigations Division and chief, Waterways Management Division at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “We understand the marine traffic in the Great Lakes Area is decisive to the economy of the United States and we are working steadfastly with our partner to reopen the shipping channel to merchant traffic.”