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629-foot cargo ship runs aground in St. Marys River on US-Canada border

The 629-foot cargo vessel Calumet sits hard aground in the St. Mary's River southeast of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on August 10, 2017. (US Coast Guard photo)
The 629-foot cargo vessel Calumet sits hard aground in the St. Mary's River southeast of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on August 10, 2017. (US Coast Guard photo)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the 629-foot Calumet cargo ship ran aground Wednesday night on the north side of Sugar Island in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada. 

The Coast Guard said the freighter left ESSAR Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground.

No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard also said there was no sign of pollution.

The St. Marys River was closed to commercial vessels from the Soo Locks to 6 Mile Point. The vessel’s company, Grand River Navigation Inc., is taking precautionary measures to help ensure the safety of the environment and developing a salvage plan, according to the Coast Guard.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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