Posted on June 18, 2018 by Hannah Berry
The Ariel Lift Bridge was closed to all shipping traffic on Sunday 17thJune after 1,004-foot freighter American Spirit, loaded with iron ore pellets, ran aground at 3.30pm whilst attempting to turn out of Duluth harbour, Canada.
A 500-yard safety zone was initially imposed around the ship, as firefighters and the US Coast Guard assessed the initial damage and determined whether the freighter was leaking oil. The harbour was able to remain operational as traffic could enter and exit using the superior entry.
The vessel floated free at 10.00pm on Sunday due to the water level rise and with the assistance of a harbour tug was able to sail to the Huskey Fuel dock for further assessment.
It is not yet known why the American Spirit ran aground, but the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Safety Unit Duluth are investigating the cause of the incident.