Coast Guard responding to report of aground barge in lower St Marys River.

Today, at 12:30 a.m. EST, the Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received notification that the Barge PML2501 (length: 302 feet) towed by Towing Vessel Anglian Lady (length: 132 feet) is aground in the lower St. Marys River, near Sweets Point. Both vessels are Canadian. The barge is carrying 3,622 metric tons of coal tar and approximately 6,340 gallons of diesel fuel. Their last port of call was Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario enroute to Burns Harbor, Indiana. There are no reports of injuries or pollution and the vessel is not impeding navigation in the federal channel of the St. Marys River.

The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone around the navigable waters of the tug and barge. All vessels are requested to remain 500 yards away from the tug and barge.

Coast Guard marine casualty investigators and pollution responders are investigating the grounding. The cause of grounding is under investigation.

The red X in the below graphic represents the approximate position of the aground barge.

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