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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lightering Operations Begin on Grounded Bulker

June 3, 2016

  • Motor vessels Phillip R. Clarke and Roger Blough in Lake Superior, June 2, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (Photo courtesy of Transport Canada)
  • Phillip R. Clarke arrives on scene with the Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman)
  • Taconite falls into the motor vessel Philip R. Clarke off the conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan)
  • (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman)
  • (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan)
  • The motor vessel Phillip R. Clarke receives taconite by conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kyle Schmidt)
  • Motor vessels Phillip R. Clarke and Roger Blough in Lake Superior, June 2, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (Photo courtesy of Transport Canada) Motor vessels Phillip R. Clarke and Roger Blough in Lake Superior, June 2, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (Photo courtesy of Transport Canada)
  • Phillip R. Clarke arrives on scene with the Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman) Phillip R. Clarke arrives on scene with the Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman)
  • Taconite falls into the motor vessel Philip R. Clarke off the conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan) Taconite falls into the motor vessel Philip R. Clarke off the conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan)
  • (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman) (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Craig Gorman)
  • (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan) (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Tig Hogan)
  • The motor vessel Phillip R. Clarke receives taconite by conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kyle Schmidt) The motor vessel Phillip R. Clarke receives taconite by conveyor belt from the motor vessel Roger Blough that ran aground on May 27, near Gros Cap Reefs Light in Lake Superior, June 3, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kyle Schmidt)

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond as lightering operations begin on the motor vessel Roger Blough, Friday, after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.

 
The Philip R. Clarke arrived on scene with the Blough Thursday afternoon, and lightering operations started Friday at 5:45 a.m.
 
The safety perimeter has been increased from 500 yards to 750 yards.
 
Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef through the combined efforts of Canadian partners, company representatives and the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Boom remains in place at the rear of the vessel as a preventative measure against pollution and Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response personnel are in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with a large inventory of pollution control equipment with procedures in place and equipment readily available for all possible ship-source spill scenarios.
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be providing assistance for lightering operations and will ensure the Birch Point Range channel is safe for navigation after the Blough is removed from the grounding site. 
 
There have been no changes in the rate of flooding and the crew remains in good condition.
 
A Transport Canada overflight was conducted Thursday afternoon and reported no pollution.
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