“At 4:31 a.m. this morning, water current freed the vessel Defiance and barge Ashtabula, a 720-foot integrated tug and barge, from the clay bottom in Round Island Passage in the Straits of Mackinac.

“The vessel has not reported any injuries, pollution, or flooding and is transiting to conduct further damage assessments. The Coast Guard conducted an overflight with a pollution responder on Friday evening and did not identify any signs of pollution. Another overflight is planned for this morning.”

STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI – A tug-barge combination vessel ran aground in the Round Island Passage amid strong winds Friday afternoon, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to create a safety zone around it to keep other ships away from it.

The vessel that ran aground is the 720-foot Defiance and barge Ashtabula. It got hung up just before 3 p.m. in the Straits of Mackinac, between Mackinac Island and Round Island.

“The vessel departed Cedarville, Michigan and was transiting to its next port of call in Buffington, Indiana when it ran aground. The cause of the grounding is under investigation,” the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie is handling the response. No injuries, pollution or flooding have been reported.

The Defiance is carrying 97,918 gallons of diesel fuel and more than 2,900 tons of stone, the military said.

“The vessel is taking precautionary measures to assess any damage,” the Coast Guard said. 

The safety zone surrounding the ship prevents any vessel over 100 gross tons from going through the Round Island Passage. It also keeps any vessel from coming within 200 yards of the tug/barge combo….


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Source: www.mlive.com


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