According to the Duluth News Tribune, the motor vessel Roger Blough is back up and running in Lake Superior, and chugged into the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI for a load of iron ore pellets. The Blough ran aground on May 27 just outside of Sault Ste Marie, near the Gros Cap Reefs. The U.S. Coast Guard was on hand to aid a rescue mission which involved offloading the Blough’s cargo onto two other lake freighters.
After almost two months of repairs in Sturgeon Bay, WI, the Blough left Bay Shipbuilding on August 6 and made its way to Duluth, arriving August 8. It picked up its cargo at the CN docks yesterday and departed last night. According to Marine Traffic, it’s headed east and bearing down on the Soo Locks, close to the site of its grounding.
Investigations are still being conducted on the cause of the grounding, both external (U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board) and internal (Keystone Shipping Co., the ship operator).