7/19 - Port Huron, Mich. - The captain on board a 110-foot commercial dredge that sunk today in lower Lake Huron estimates the vessel carried 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel at the time of its sinking this morning, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Justin Westmiller said.
MCM Marine Inc. Sault Ste. Marie, owner of the dredge, has hired Michigan Pollution Control to make a response plan to clean up the diesel fuel spill. The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the clean-up efforts and is assessing the rate at which oil is leaking out of the dredge.
It appears as though its a coming out of the vents of the fuel tank, Westmiller said.
The Coast Guard learned the dredge, called the Arthur J, was sinking about 4:35 a.m. today as it was headed toward the St. Clair River, Westmiller said. The dredge and a 38-foot tug, called Madison, sunk in 22 feet of water in Lake Huron about 2 miles off of Lakeport.
MCM Marine Inc. Sault Ste. Marie owns both of the vessels.
Westmiller said no one was injured in the incident. Two other tugs took on people who had been on the tug and the dredge. Westmiller did not know how many people were on the vessels.
The Coast Guard in Port Huron responded to the scene with a 25-foot response boat. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality have been notified of the incident.
Westmiller said currently there is a sheen on the water around the sinking site. Members of the Coast Guard are investigating that issue. Port Huron Times Herald
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