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Ship carrying grain from Thunder Bay refloated on Detroit River

The bulk carrier Barbro G became stuck in mud on Monday.

DETROIT — A freighter bringing a cargo of grain from Thunder Bay to Italy was refloated Tuesday afternoon after running aground in the Detroit River between Windsor and Detroit.

The 190-metre bulk carrier Barbro G became stuck on the river's muddy bottom early Monday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard said three tugboats were required to free the vessel, which was then taken to an anchoring spot where it would be assessed for seaworthiness to determine if it could continue its journey east through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The coast guard said it was continuing to investigate the cause of the grounding.

No pollution, damages, injuries or impact on commercial shipping was initially reported. 

The 13-year-old Barbro G, registered in Portugal, left Thunder Bay late on the night of Nov. 23 with 19,000 tonnes of wheat.


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