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Press Release | Nov. 7, 2023

Freighter American Courage runs aground in St. Clair River; shipping channel remains open

November 7, 2023
Contact: Lt j.g. Adeeb Ahmad
(313) 910-1234

DETROIT — The American Courage, a 617-foot lake freighter, ran aground in the St. Clair River this morning and is the subject of an ongoing response by Coast Guard Sector Detroit. The freighter, carrying 20,000 tons of stone, experienced the grounding near Marine City, Mich.

The Coast Guard was notified of the incident at 7:21 a.m. today. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution. Although mariners may use the river for shipping, a marine safety broadcast has been issued to notify mariners to use caution while transiting the area. The precise reason for grounding is under investigation.

“We are working closely with Grand River Navigation, our port partners, and international, federal and state entities to ensure the safety of the waterway and the quick resolution of this incident,” said Lt. j.g. Adeeb Ahmad, Sector Detroit’s public affairs officer. “With no injuries or pollution reported, our plan is to refloat the American Courage and coordinate with partner services for assistance and safe navigation.”

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the vessel's owner, Grand River Navigation, to safely refloat the American Courage that prioritizes integrity of the vessel, protection of the environment, and minimize economic impact. A full investigation into the incident is underway to determine its cause and evaluate any impacts to vessel safety.
Further information and updates will be provided as the situation progresses.

To report a person in distress or the need for search and rescue, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Operations Center 24-hours a day at 313-568-9560.