On October 21, the 222 meter long, 26365 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Frontenac ran aground in the Detroit River near Belle Isle Michigan. The bulk carrier remained aground until the following day until it could be refloated by the assistance of two tugs. The Frontenac proceeded to an anchorage off Belle Isle for further inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The cause of the grounding was not reported.
On July 26, the 185 meter long, 27,786 dwt bulk carrier Federal Margaree caught fire while berthed on the Detroit River at Nicholson’s Dock in Detroit, Michigan. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly extinguished by the crew. The vessel was inspected for damage and was able to depart the following day under its own power. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 656 foot long, 36563 dwt bulk carrier Federal Rideau ran aground in Lake St. Clair near the entrance to the Detroi River. The Federal Rideau was downbound heading to Montreal with 22672 tons of wheat when it suffered a steering failure and ran onto a mud bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Initial attempts to refloat the bulk carrier with two tugs failed. Another attempt with a total of five tugs was to be attempted on the following day. Authorities reported that Federal Rideau is partially blocking the channel, but traffic was still open.