The 767 foot long, 25345 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker became stranded in ice on Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks. The bulk carrier was en route to the ore dock in Marquette when it became stuck in thick ice. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arriving the following day and broke up the ice around the Kaye E. Barker allowing the vessel to continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state strong winds earlier in the week had compressed the ice field.
On March 28, the 189 meter long, 15787 dwt self-unloader bulk carrier Mississagi sustained damage in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. The Mississagi was proceeding towards the Soo Locks when it struck ice and tore a hole in the vessel’s bow. The crew was able to make temporary a patch and the vessel continued on its voyage to Monroe for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Mississagi was en route in ballast to Toledo for a cargo of coal.
On February 28, the fishing vessel Karen Margrethe L423 allided with the Aggersund Bridge near Aalborg, Denmark. The Karen Margrethe had become trapped in an ice floe and pushed into the bridge. The fishing vessel suffered only minor damage including a broken mast. No reports of injuries as all three crew had abandoned the fishing vessel before the allision. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. Reports state the Karen Margrethe would be recovered the next day.