Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel near Manistee, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Field Office Grand Haven, Mich., are monitoring the 579-foot integrated tug and barge Invincible, which grounded in Lake Michigan about 600 feet north of the North Manistee Breakwall and is reportedly obstructing about 30 percent of the channel.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Manistee, Mich., is enforcing a safety zone 100 yards around the vessel.

Two tugboats from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., are on scene and will assist the integrated tug and barge to Sturgeon Bay. SFO Grand Haven personnel will inspect the vessel prior to departure.

The grounding damaged a shaft in the vessel’s engine room, causing it to begin taking on water at the rate of about two gallons per minute. There were no reported injuries.

The crew used three portable pumps to begin de-watering the vessel. Personnel from Station Manistee assisted in de-watering the vessel and minety-eight percent of the water onboard has been successfully removed.

Welders are onboard to repair the damaged shaft in the vessel’s engine room.

Pollution responders from SFO Grand Haven are monitoring the situation and are developing a response plan in coordination with Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, and the vessel owner. There is an estimated 49,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard, and there are no indications of any pollution issues.

The Coast Guard oversees the investigation of and response to pollution threats on the navigable waters, maintains a cadre of highly trained pollution investigators and responders. They will provide oversight of the response personnel and equipment that is being utilized at the scene.

The cause of grounding is unknown and is under investigation by the Coast Guard.

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