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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Great Lakes bulker Roger Blough aground on: June 03, 2016, 02:26:04 am
Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Update on the Roger Blough grounding, Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, 10 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich/Ontario.

The Great Lakes bulker Philip R. Clarkehas arrived scene of the grouding and is engaged in removing taconite pellets from the Roger Blough.  I have not seen an estimate of how long this will take and a second bulker, the Arthur Anderson will assist the Clarke if needed (the Anderson is no stranger to Whitefish Bay as it was the ship that - after reaching safe haven- ventured back out into the gale to search for the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank with all hands some years ago.)

Underwater divers found that two ballast tanks on the Roger Blough had  been gouged open.  There was no damage to fuel tanks, etc and no pollution released into the pristine waters.  Yes there was a containment net deployed around the Blough to contain any possible pollution from the grounding although none has occurred.

Somewhat amazingly weather has been mostly calm during the time that the Blough has been grounded.  Study of AIS iimages show that the bow and part of the port side are right on the U.S.-Canadian border with the bulk of the ship in U.S. waters.

The Boatnerd site,, has posted several photos of the grounding scene as well as providing updates.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Great Lakes bulker Roger Blough aground on: June 01, 2016, 12:19:51 am
May 31, 2016 - another day has passed and the Roger Blough remains grounded.  The only news of the day is that salvage divers have arrived and are making plans for a dive to inspect the damage to the Blough.

Otherwise lots of activity around the Blough by the Coast Guard, etc. but nothing is happening.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Great Lakes bulker Roger Blough aground on: May 30, 2016, 01:48:13 am

Update May 29, 2016, 9:36 pm EDST.

The Roger Blough continues to be aground in Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay 10 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Ontario.

Plans are being developed to free the Blough by lightering a portion of the taconite (iron ore pellets) and it will probably be another 48 hours before those efforts begin.  Given the heavy nature of the taconite one can only guess how much will have to be removed. 

The U.S. Coast Guard has taken control of the scene and will act as the lead agency during the effort to free the Blough and Coast Guard approval of the plan is necessary.

Flooding has been controlled and limited primarily to ballast tanks so there has been no pollution entering Whitefish Bay from the Blough.

For updates and photos the best source is probably, the primary web site  for Great Lakes shipping.  Click on "News" from the home page of the web site.

The Great Lakes bulker Time S. Dool, which lost power a few dozen miles west of the Blough has been repaired in Sault Ste, Marie and has continued its journey.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Great Lakes bulker Roger Blough aground on: May 28, 2016, 01:34:43 am
May 27, 2016. The U.S. flagged Great Lakes bulker Roger Blough, imo 7222138, is aground on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in the extreme east end of Lake Superior just west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Ontario.  The Coast Guard reports that the crew is safe but the ship is taking water.  The Roger Blough was downbound with a load of taconite (processed iron ore).  (There are 36 photos of the Blough on this site.)

Related, Great Lakes bulker Tim S. Dool lost all power yesterday about 60 miles west of the Blough's position and is being towed to Sault Ste. Marie for repairs.  The crew has been able to get some of the ship's generators operating and powering some lights but its main engine is dead.

At 11pm EDST the Blough seems to be stable and is not in danger of sinking.  Information is quite sketchy at this time.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Federal Kivalina grounded in St. Lawrence River/Seaway, 1,000 Islands area on: May 28, 2014, 08:42:28 pm
Federal Navigation's Federal Kivalina grounded in the St. Lawrence Seaway/St Lawrence River, New York, USA, in the 1,000 Islands area immediately north of the large bridge spanning the river.  Grounding occurred on May 27 when the downbound ship lost its rudder, swung around and grounded almost on shore and just above the bridge. Best photos can be found on Facebook at "St. Lawrence Ship Watchers" and also "Boatnerd."  
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Canadian Ice breaking Issues on: March 19, 2014, 05:16:26 pm
The icebreakers Martha L. Black and Pierre Radisson are scheduled to work on ice in the St Lawrence Seaway starting next week.  The Seaway will be hard pressed to open on March 28 due to ice conditions.  On the Great Lakes ice thickness of 30 inches or more is taxing icebreakers.  It is going to be a very difficult opening to the navigation season on the lakes.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / CSL's Richelieu's to scrap on: August 12, 2013, 12:50:04 am
Canadian Steamship Lines' Richelieu, 7901150, which has been laid up all year, is now appearing on AIS in the lower St. Lawrence River with a destination of Aliaga, Turkey.
It would appear she is on her way to the scrappers.  Built in 1980 as the Federal Ottawa and also named Lake Erie for a number of years, the Richelieu was one of a handful of CSL ships that have been laid up and seemed destined for the breakers with the new Trillium class ships arriving this year.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: What aircraft carrier is docked at Pier 80 in San Francisco? on: July 22, 2013, 04:58:04 pm
slight typo:  Iwo Jima class not Iowa class.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Question concerning beam length on the Great Lakes on: July 18, 2013, 05:49:03 pm
On the St Lawrence Seaway webpage I found a 76 foot limit which in 1993 was extended to 78 feet or 23.8 meters for "wide beam ships". 

I might need to lose a little weight before I can squeeze through on my inner tube.

10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New Great Lakes Bulker : WHITEFISH BAY on: July 11, 2013, 01:56:34 pm
Steve, that was fun despite the early wakeup and drive to the St. Lawrence.

Next up is the sistership and the 4th in the series, THUNDER BAY which has just cleared the Panama Canal and should be arriving in the St Lawrence before too long.  Not sure of the sailing time from Panama to the St. Lawrence.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Nicaragua to rival Panama Canal on: June 15, 2013, 04:42:50 am
Very astute analysis Captain Ted, well worth reading.

Seeing is believing.

China has experienced some real problems in building infrastructure in Africa.  How well Nicaragua meshes with China will be interesting to watch.  As well as watching everything crumble during the next major earthquake.  Imagine huge container vessels trapped inland unable to get to the ocean.

This will be fun to watch.  I wonder if Las Vegas is offering odds and taking bets as to whether the project will come to fruition. 
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Something unusual on: June 14, 2013, 11:46:43 pm
Those Koreans are way ahead of things, getting prepared already for sea level rise from global warming.

Am I the only one that noticed that Jens cracked a funny?
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Kent Malo on: June 01, 2013, 06:47:33 pm
It is a sad day for Shipspotters everywhere.  I will miss Kent's emails, Facebook photos and messages, and the photos he posted on this site.  I was privileged to connect with him through this site.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Admins list on: March 25, 2013, 04:38:11 am
Do we need to have this discussion again?  The topic has been beaten to death many times but it seems to recur every now and then. 

Having a few photos deleted is not the end of life on earth as we know it.  I have had over 500 deleted but I still support the admins although at one time I thought the end of the free world was near.

Magogman has spoken.  Again.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Unable to "Add new photo" on: March 22, 2013, 03:36:40 am
I think it just means the site is too busy to accommodate you and/or your photo.  I have received that message many times when just trying to access the site to view photos.
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