SAULTE STE MARIE, Mich. – The 1,000-foot freighter Paul R. Tregurtha, owned by Interlake Shipping Co. of Ohio, ran aground on the St. Marys River yesterday morning. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received notice of the incident at 3:10 a.m. this morning and began response on the west side of Neebish Island in a spot known as the Rock Cut.
The vessel, carrying roughly 62,000 tons of coal, is currently hard aground at its bow and stern, according to the Coast Guard, and vessel traffic on the St. Marys has been limited in areas near the Tregurtha.
There were no reported injuries in the incident, and the vessel is apparently stable. However, there is “some damage” to the ship, according to the Coast Guard.
Efforts are now underway to refloat the ship with the Coast Guard’s Salvage Engineering Response Team. The cause of the incident is under investigation.