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.
Changes are coming to the way Silver Lake Dunes in Oceana county allows in guests. They’re switching to an electronic system which allows people to reserve tickets in advance.
Ron Olson is Chief of the DNR’s Recreation Division. He said the new system will make drastic changes to the traffic flow through Mears.
“Course the big benefit here collectively is to basically revolutionize the way we do this. And so we set up the system as we described to you before where you can basically reserve it similar to a campsite six weeks in advance of the date you would like to come and prevent you from having to wait in a 4 to 5 or 6 mile line, and all that.”
The park is switching up the new system because lines for the park on weekends and holidays would stop traffic for miles through Mears.
Olson said this will be a trial year. The DNR will accept constructive criticism from the public to improve the program in the future.