Coast Guard responding to report of aground barge in lower St. Marys River Update


Sault Ste Marie, Mich. – After the completion of dive surveys and stability assessments, Barge PML2501 safely transited to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, under tow by Towing Vessels Anglian Lady and W.I. Scott Purvis.

In coordination with Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie reviewed and accepted the salvage company’s salvage and transit plan, today. No pollution is reported or identified. The cause of grounding remains under investigation.

On June 10, at 12:30 a.m. EST, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie Command Center received notification that the Barge PML2501 (length: 302 feet) towed by Towing Vessel Anglian Lady (length: 132 feet) was aground in the lower St. Marys River, near Sweets Point. Both vessels are Canadian. The barge was carrying 3,622 metric tons of coal tar and approximately 6,340 gallons of diesel fuel. Their last port of call was Sault Ste Marie, Ontario enroute to Burns Harbor, Indiana.