The Coast Guard responded on Sunday to a 656-foot freighter that is hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St.Clair.
At around 3 a.m., response coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notice that the motor vessel Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel, grounded on the downbound channel in Lake St. Clair near the Detroit River.
The vessel is carrying approximately 22,672 tons of wheat.
Coast Guard marine inspectors responded to the grounding to assess the situation and determine the extent of any structural damage to the vessel.
The vessel was en route to Montreal, Quebec.
The cause of grounding was determined to be a loss of steering caused by a motor coupling failure.
One attempt to refloat the freighter by two tugs was unsuccessful after one of the tugs experienced motor issues. Two more tugs were scheduled to arrive on scene Sunday night and attempt another refloating.
Currently 580-feet of the grounded vessel is in the shipping channel but the channel is still open to traffic.
Story courtesy of the Maritime Executive, for the full article click here.
exactAIS® tracking of the Federal Rideau hard aground in the Lake St. Clair shipping channel.