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Coast Guard investigating fire on Lakes bulk carrier

Jun 18, 2018 09:14 AM

The generator fire aboard Paul R. Tregurtha takes more than an hour to extinguish

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SAULT STE MARIE, Mich.) — The Coast Guard received a report of a generator fire aboard the motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha, a 1,013-foot bulk carrier, at 4:20 a.m. Monday.

The vessel master reported the fire extinguished at 5:30 a.m. and stated that there were no injuries or pollution, and all 23 crewmembers are accounted for. The ship is carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel, and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda.

The Coast Guard is dispatching resources to monitor the situation and to conduct a marine casualty investigation into the cause of the incident.

Paul R. Tregurtha is anchored near Point Iroquois, in Whitefish Bay.

UPDATE

(SAULT STE MARIE, Mich.) — The Coast Guard cleared the motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha in Lake Superior for transit to its next port of call for repairs Monday evening.

After the generator fire was extinguished Monday morning, Coast Guard marine inspectors commenced a marine casualty investigation and cleared the vessel.

The investigation is ongoing. No injuries or pollution were identified.

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