Great Lakes ship runs aground in Detroit river

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The Mark W. Barker, the first U.S. ship built on the Great Lakes since 1983, ran aground in the Detroit River due to an electronics malfunction. The incident occurred early Wednesday near Belle Isle. Fortunately, there were no injuries, damage to the freighter, or signs of discharge. The vessel, owned by Interlake Steamship Company, was carrying salt and diesel fuel at the time. Commercial towing successfully refloated the ship around noon. The Coast Guard will anchor the Barker to Belle Isle for investigation, repairs, and ensuring its readiness for future voyages. The Coast Guard emphasized their commitment to maritime safety and the prompt resolution of the incident.

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