Coast Guard responds to barge aground in Trenton Channel, Detroit

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the salvage of the self-unloading barge McKee Sons after it ran aground in the Trenton Channel in Detroit, today, at about 3:15 a.m.

The salvage plan presented to Coast Guard Sector Detroit is to have multiple tugs pull the 579-foot McKee Sons free and see it safely moored to the Detroit Edison Pier, its intended destination.

The coal-carrying barge has shown no signs of pollution, but vessel traffic in the area is being affected.

The barge was being propelled by the tug Invincible, which notches into the stern of the McKee Sons, when it ran aground. Only the barge itself had run aground.

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