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Updated: Large bulk carrier Michipicoten collides with something in Lake Superior near Isle Royale, taking on water

Jun 08, 2024 03:07PM ● By Content Editor
Photo: The Michipicoten. Vessel Finder

By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - Updated June 8, 2024 at 3:15 pm. Originally posted on June 8, 2024, at 8:00 am. 

3:00 pm update: The 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten is en route to Thunder Bay, Canada after colliding with something in Lake Superior shortly before 7 am this morning. The bulk carrier was located about 35 miles southwest of Isle Royale. Another bulk carrier, the Edwin H. Gott, responded to the Michipicoten along with the U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and National Park Service vessels. 

The US Coast Guard reported that around 9 am, pumps operating onboard Michipicoten had "reduced the listing of the vessel from the initial reported 15 degrees to 5 degrees." As of approximately 12 pm, 11 crew members out of 22 had been removed from the vessel for safety. The other crew members remain on board.  No injuries have been reported. 

The Michipicoten was transporting taconite. No spills or leakage have been reported. 

This is a developing story. 

Original post_______________________________________________________________________
The Michipicoten, a large bulk carrier, collided with something in Lake Superior around 7 am this morning, about 35 miles southwest of Isle Royale. According to the US Coast Guard, the AIRSTA Traverse City helicopter, STA Bayfield boat crews, and another bulk carrier, the Edwin H. Gott, were en route. 

The Michipicoten sails under the Canadian flag and was built in 1952. 

Correction: Initial reports incorrectly stated that the Michipicoten was heading towards Two Harbors, MN. Instead, the bulk carrier had departed Two Harbors earlier on June 8. 

Boreal Ship Spotter - larger view here