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GLIN==> M/V AMERICAN MARINER Grounds in Lake Huron Cut



Date: April 28, 2000

M/V AMERICAN MARINER GROUNDS IN LAKE HURON CUT
http://www.uscg.mil/d9/release.html

At approx. 4:20 a.m. on April 28, the 730 ft self-unloading freighter M/V
AMERICAN MARINER, owned by American Steamship Company, of Williamsville, New
York, ran aground in Lake Huron as the vessel was making its approach to the
Blue Water Bridge and the St. Clair River. The vessel was bound for
Ashtabula, Ohio to offload its cargo of taconite ore. There are no personal
casualties or injuries. The vesselís crew is trying to control flooding that
resulted from damage to the bow, including the forepeak tank and forward
cargo hold. Commercial assistance is enroute to the vessel.

United States Coast Guard crews from CG Station Port Huron and CG Air
Station Detroit responded and delivered pumps to assist in its dewatering.
Representatives from CG Marine Safety Office Detroit have boarded the vessel
to conduct a marine casualty investigation and to determine the extent of
the damage.

Because the AMERICAN MARINER is blocking the channel, the U. S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port of Detroit has established an emergency safety zone,
temporarily closing the area to commercial navigation. So far, the river
closure has delayed twelve vessels. CG MSO Detroit will work with the vessel
operators, Transport Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard on a plan to
refloat the vessel and restore safe navigation through the affected area.

For more information relating to the grounding, contact Lieutenant Nate
French at (313) 568-9580.

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