July 19, 2012 Leave a Comment
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.
- Barge Sinks Off Michigan Coast, Spills Unknown Amount Of Diesel Fuel (huffingtonpost.com)
- Fuel spill in Lake Huron caused by sunken dredge, capsized tugboat (minbcnews.com)
- Barge sinks in Lake Huron, spilling diesel fuel (wtvm.com)