M/V Roger Blough safely anchored in Waiska Bay


Philip R. Clarke receives the iron ore carried by the Roger Blough to raise the ship and allow for it to be refloated and moved from Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay.

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond as the motor vessel Roger Blough is safely anchored in Waiska Bay, Saturday afternoon, after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.

The vessel made way under its own power to Waiska Bay where it is being further evaluated for repairs and it’s remaining cargo transferred to other vessels.

The Philip R. Clarke arrived on scene with the Blough Thursday afternoon and lightering operations started Friday at 5:45 a.m. The vessel was refloated at 10:45 a.m. 

Plans continue to progress to conduct detailed damage assessments through the combined efforts of Canadian partners, company representatives and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Waiska Bay anchorage area is closed to all vessels not part of the operation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided assistance for lightering operations and will ensure the Birch Point Range channel is safe for navigation.

A Coast Guard Auxiliary overflight reported no pollution.

Maritime Editorial