SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond to the motor vessel Roger Blough after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.
Lightering operations continue while the vessel is anchored in Waiska Bay to transfer its cargo to the Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson.
The Arthur M. Anderson joined the cargo transfer efforts Saturday.
A detailed damage assessment will be conducted once the iron ore is completely off-loaded from the Blough. Results from the assessment will determine the extent of repairs and mode of transit to its final destination.
The Waiska Bay anchorage area remains closed to all vessels not part of the operation.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided assistance during the initial lightering operations and have confirmed the Birch Point Range channel is safe for navigation.