Jul 5, 2020 at 15:27
The Coast Guard is responding to an incident where a commercial vessel allided with the west center pier of the Sault Sainte Marie Locks.
Today, at approximately 3:00 a.m. EST, the Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received notification that the motor vessel Atlantic Huron (flag: Canada, length: 736 feet) allided with the west center pier of the Sault Lock while transiting down bound on the St. Marys River. No one was injured and there are no reports of pollution. The vessel was in ballast and had no cargo at the time of the incident.
The exact cause is still under investigation. The Coast Guard is working closely with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine the extent of the damage to the pier and vessel.
Editor’s Note: From NOAA: “technically, a collision is when two vessels strike each other, while an allision occurs when a vessel strikes a stationary object, such as a bridge or dock.”