Arthur J and Madison

photo: USCG

The 110 foot long dredging barge Arthur J. sank on Lake Huron near the entrance to the St. Clair River at Lakeport State Beach , Michigan.  The Arthur J. was being pushed by the 38 foot long tug Madison when it encountered a storm with 15 to 20 knot winds and heavy rain.   The Madison capsized in the storm while the Arthur J. sank.  No reports of injuries and the crew were all rescued.  An oil spill was spotted around both vessels.  Reports state that some 300 gallons on the tug and 1,500 gallons on the barge.  The Coast Guard deployed some 1400 feet of boom to contain the spill, but some oil has washed ashore.   The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.

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Bristol Bay Fire


The 43 meter long United States Coast Guard icebreaker tugboat Bristol Bay suffered a fire while on the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.   The fire started in the Bristol Bay’s smoke stack while the vessel was conducting a training exercise.   The vessel dropped anchor while the crew sprayed water into the stack until the blaze was extinguished.  No reports of injuries and the vessel suffered only minimal damage.  The Bristol Bay primary responsibility is opening and maintaining shipping lanes in the Great Lakes.

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