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Freighter freed after getting stuck in Saginaw River

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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -

Officials say a tug boat has freed a Great Lakes freighter hauling salt that became stuck in the Saginaw River.

MLive.com reports the 640-foot Algorail was on its way to Sargent Docks & Terminal Inc. in Zilwaukee when it got stuck near Bay City around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The freighter is owned by Ontario-based Algoma Central Corp.

Jim Pound, vice president of operations Algoma Central, says the company worked with the Coast Guard in an effort to free the ship. The ship was freed at around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard station on the Saginaw River had personnel inspecting the ship and said the problem was a mechanical issue, not a bridge or river channel depth problem.

Officials say the grounding isn't impacting shipping through the channel. 

Busch Marine Inc. owner and captain Greg Busch says he's unloading some of the salt onto a nearby barge to make it easier to free the Algorail.

The Algorail was built in 1968 and travels the Great Lakes waterways at an average speed of 12 knots.

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