Bulk carrier AMERICAN SPIRIT aground in Duluth, Great Lakes

Bulk carrier AMERICAN SPIRIT ran aground at breakwall in Duluth Harbor, Minnesota, Lake Superior, Great Lakes, at around 2010 UTC Jun 17, blocking the Aerial Lift Bridge and understood, Duluth Ship Channel. AMERICAN SPIRIT was departing Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite at the time of grounding. No leaks reported, no information on damages. As of 0250 UTC Jun 18, AMERICAN SPIRIT was still aground. Photo, Video http://lakesuperior.news/Shipping-News/990-foot-American-Spirit-Aground-Duluth

Update Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping - BoatNerd.com: The freighter sat askew in the harbor, with its stern pointing just behind Amsoil Arena and its bow pointing toward the Canal Park seawall. It came to a stop just short of the seawall, but it didn’t hit it, according to Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde. There were no injuries reported aboard the freighter and the Port Authority is requesting that boaters stay at least 500 feet away from the ship. Video shows the vessel dropping her port anchor in an effort to slow her progress. It’s unknown why the freighter ran aground, however a possible cause might have been strong currents whipped up by recent storms.

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