US Cargo Ship Collides with Light in Michigan Lake

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Travers City responds to the American Mariner marine casualty in Munuscong Lake, Michigan, March 28, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
A US-flagged cargo ship, American Mariner, collided with the Mud Lake Junction Light in Munuscong Lake, Michigan. The U.S. Coast Guard reported the 714-foot-long vessel suffered a "marine casualty" with no injuries or pollution. Response teams are on-site, and the St. Marys River is temporarily closed for safety measures.
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Earlier today, the US-flagged cargo ship American Mariner collided with the Mud Lake Junction Light in Munuscong Lake, Michigan. The 714-foot-long bulk carrier experienced a “marine casualty” around 1 a.m., despite not carrying any cargo at the time. The vessel is currently listed as “stopped” according to AIS data.

Fortunately, the crew on board reported no injuries from the incident, and the ship is now anchored with no pollution reported in the area. The U.S. Coast Guard Northern Great Lakes Sector is actively responding to the accident, deploying boats from Station Sault Ste. Marie, a helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay.

As a safety precaution, the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service has closed off the St. Marys River from Nine Mile Point to Point Aux Frenes until the American Mariner can be safely moved out of the waterway. The response team is working to ensure the situation is managed effectively and with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

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