A German ship flying the Liberian flag is being held in a Great Lakes port while the Coast Guard investigates possible environmental violations.
The ship Cornelia traveled from New York to Minnesota. It likely traversed all the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan.
The Cornelia has been retained for over 2 weeks at the Duluth port on Lake Superior.
Lieutenant Pat Lammersen is with the Coast Guard. He said there’s not much he can reveal about the investigation.
“Outside the Duluth lift bridge in Lake Superior it’s anchored up, all I can say is that the Coast Guard is investigating the motor vessel Cornelia for alleged violations of U.S environmental regulations.”
Lammersen said the ship and it’s crew are not a threat to public safety.
“The Liberian flag vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving the Duluth until cleared by customs and border protection. Vessel and crew do not pose any public safety threat. Any speculation that the ship is being held in port due to safety concerns is not true.”
The ship’s crew is not allowed to leave the vessel until the investigation is over.