The Great Lakes Group


Towing Company Tugs Assist Grounded Freighter

Two tugs of The Great Lakes Towing Company helped free the HARVEST SPIRIT, which ran aground in the Livingston Channel on the Detroit River near Grosse Ile early Wednesday morning. The vessel was freed late Thursday evening. The shipping channel is now open to traffic, as of early Friday morning.

The Towing Company’s Tugs NEBRASKA and WYOMING, along with three (3) other tugs, worked together to help free the vessel. Once freed, the vessel was taken just south of the Detroit River Light where it remains at anchor. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that there were no injuries, no damage to the vessel, and no pollution.

The Great Lakes Towing Company’s Full Service Lakes-Wide Towing Contract offers lakes-wide comprehensive towing service with readily available “round-the-clock” tugs and crews. In addition to harbor services, The Company provides emergency assistance to vessels that are wrecked, disabled, or in distress on the Great Lakes. No claim for salvage under the maritime laws is made by the Towing Company for emergency services provided under the Company’s Contract.

Other local and maritime industry news publications have covered this incident. More information can be found in the following The Detroit News article: Shipping gets moving again after freighter cleared from Detroit River.

Photos credited to The Detroit News.