Bulker Roger Blough Remains Aground in Lake Superior

A salvage team is preparing for an underwater hull examination and salvage surveys on a bulk carrier Roger Blough, which ran aground on Friday afternoon, according to the US Coast Guard.

The 46,833 dwt Roger Blough grounded on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, “with reports of flooding,” the USCG said.

The coast guard has been conducting exterior draft readings of the 1972-built bulker, while the vessel’s crew continued interior soundings of the tanks to ensure flooding remains under control.

Some 6,000 feet of containment boom were sent to the scene of the grounding as an additional safety precaution against potential pollution, the USCG said, adding that “a salvage team will conduct an underwater hull examination and begin salvage surveys on the Blough in the coming days.”

Image Courtesy; USCG
Image Courtesy; USCG

The investigators remained on scene to conduct damage assessments, while plans to remove the ship from the reef are underway, but “the vessel currently remains grounded.”

On Saturday, the coast guard said that pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator on board the US-flagged ship will continue to monitor damage.

The cause of the grounding in under investigation.

All crew members are reported safe with no injuries, while current reports show that there are no signs of pollution in the water.

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