Severe weather impacts northeast Atlantic coast of US

Winter storm Grayson, a “bomb cyclone” and even “bombogenesis” in one headline, severely impacted the north-eastern Atlantic maritime communities late last week and over the weekend, as high winds and dangerously cold temperatures hit the region.

In Northern New England, the US Coast Guard advised all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 5,000 gt and all barges and their supporting tugs to consider the requirements included in the Remaining in Port Checklist. Additionally, ferry operators were told to “evaluate their ability to operate” in the conditions and to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew

Over in Lake Erie, two 140ft ice-breaking tugs freed several vessels on January 3rd and 4th, which had been hindered by ice in western Lake Erie and the St. Clair River. The cold weather caused a rapid formation of ice, causing self-discharging bulk carriers John J. Boland (IMO 7318901), Rt Hon. Paul J. Martin (IMO 7324405), Indiana Harbor (IMO 7514701) and James R. Barker (IMO 7390260) to become stuck in ice. John J. Boland became stuck in ice in western Lake Erie late on January 1st and was broken out by tug Morro Bay during the morning of January 3rd. Indiana Harbor was frozen up on January 2nd in the Middle Channel of St. Clair River and was freed by tug Neah Bay. Rt Hon Paul J Martin was trapped by ice on January 2nd in western Lake Erie and was freed by Morro Bay. James R. Barker was freed in western Lake Erie on January 2nd by the Calusa Coast, but became trapped again and was later freed by Morro Bay.

1976-built, USA-flagged, 34,728 gt James R Barker is owned and managed by Interlake Steamship Co of Ohio, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Interlake Steamship Co.

1979-built USA-flagged, 35,923 gt Indiana Harbor is owned by Connecticut Bank of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, and managed by American Steamship Co of Williamsville, New York State, USA. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Americas G7) on behalf of American Steamship Co.

1973-built, Canada-flagged, 23,989 gt Rt Hon Paul J Martin is owned by CSL Group of Montreal, Canada, and managed by CSL Americas of Middleton, Massachusetts, USA. It is entered with Standard Club (UK & Americas Division) on behalf of CSL Group.

1973-built, USA-flagged, 13,862 gt John J Boland is owned by Franklin Steamship care of manager American Steamship Co of Williamsville, New York State, USA. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area group Americas G7) on behalf of Franklin Steamship Co.