Locks closed after fuel leak discovered on freighter

SAULT STE MARIE, MI — The Soo Locks were closed down for a short time this morning due to a fuel leak discovered within the locks.

Around 10:00 am Thanksgiving day, the CSL Tadoussac started leaking fuel while inside the Poe Lock. Linemen noticed the sheen.

A floating berm is establish around the stern of the CSL Tadoussac after a fuel leak was discovered in the locks. (Staff Photo)

The Coast Guard had the freighter moved to the west end of the locks so it could be inspected. A berm was established around the stern area of the Tadoussac to collect any additional leaking fuel.

The 730′ CSL Tadoussac tied off on the west pier awaiting inspection by the USCG. (Staff Photo)

The Coast Guard determined that only a cup of fuel had leak from the freighter before it was repaired. That one cup of fuel, however, left a 30′ x 60′ sheen on the water.

The 730 foot CSL Tadoussac is owned by Canada Steamship Lines (hence the CSL) and was empty at the time. She was headed to Wisconsin.

The Locks were re-opened just prior to noon.

Mark Krupiarz

Mark Krupiarz

Mark is the Publisher and Editor of EUP News. He acquired the site in March of 2013 and has grown it into the largest source of news in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Mark has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University and a Master's Degree in Social Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Mark enjoys photography, fishing and riding ATVs.

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