- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Officials say some freighters can’t deliver cargo after a bank on the Rouge River collapsed and blocked part of the waterway in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1JDNn1X ) the Coast Guard, which closed the waterway after the Aug. 23 collapse, says this week it was expected to take a few more days to dredge and clear the channel. Coast Guard Lt. Ben Chamberlain says no ships were trapped in the waterway.

Glen Nekvasil, the vice president of the Lake Carriers Association, says some docks are low on raw materials. The types of cargo that can’t get through include iron ore, limestone, slag and coal. The association estimates it affects about 475,000 tons, or more than 20 shiploads, of cargo.

Area industries include steelmaking, petroleum, cement and road salt.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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