Tug with barge aground, Great Lakes

Pusher tug DEFIANCE pushing 220-meter barge ASHTABULA, ran aground at around 1850 UTC Sep 21 in Mackinac Strait between Mackinac and Round islands, which is connecting Great Lakes Huron and Michigan, said Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping News. Tug ran aground in stormy weather conditions, with wind gusting to 64 mph, added the edition. Tug departed Cedarville, Mich., and was transiting to its next port of call in Buffington, Ind., barge loaded with stone. As of 0700 UTC Sep 22, tug and barge were still aground, no tugs spotted nearby, probably waiting weather improvement to start refloating. Coast Guard has established a safety zone prohibiting the transit of vessels over 100 gross tons through Round Island Passage and prohibiting all vessels from navigating within 200 yards of the Ashtabula/Defiance. No leak reported.

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