Roger Blough Heads to Sturgeon Bay for Repairs

Roger Blough, the bulk carrier that ran aground on May 27 in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, received a permission on Saturday to transit down the St. Marys River to anchorage in Potagannissing Bay in the vicinity of DeTour Village, Michigan, the U.S. Coast Guard said. 

The 46,833 dwt ship was escorted by the tug Candace Elise and passed through the Soo Locks early Saturday afternoon, according to the USCG.

In addition, USCG officials are reviewing the vessel’s full transit plan as it intends to make its way to the shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The 1972-built vessel had been anchored in Waiska Bay in Lake Superior since June 4.

Roger Blough underwent lightering operations that were completed on June 7 when cargo on board the ship was offloaded onto two vessels, the Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson. Following this, each of the receiving vessels departed the Waiska Bay anchorage to deliver the iron ore to its intended destination.

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