July 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

Freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair refloated

The Hong Kong-flagged Federal Rideau grounded about 3 a.m. Sunday after a loss of steering because of motor coupling problems. It is seen on the Detroit River on Tuesday. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit A 656-foot freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair over the weekend has been refloated and will resume its trip to Montreal after one to two days of inspections, including an underwater survey of its hull.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there is no leakage or pollution concerns from the Hong Kong-registered Federal Rideau, which went aground at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The grounding reduced shipping traffic to one direction, but two-way traffic was resumed once the freighter was freed Tuesday, Lt. Commander Scott Smith said.

The freighter was freed at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Lt. Commander Jillian Lamb said. It was then moved to the Belle Isle anchorage. Its now anchored in the Detroit River near the Renaissance Center where it will undergo one to two days of inspections.

A diver will also inspect the underside of the ship.

According to the Coast Guard, the ship was grounded after it lost steering control because of motor coupling problems. After the mishap, five tugs were sent to free the ship but were unsuccessful after two tugs developed engine problems.

The Federal Rideau was constructed in Japan in 2000. The vessel is carrying 22,672 tons of wheat that was to be delivered in Montreal by July 30.

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As of 8 a.m., the freighter was down bound on the Detroit River passing ... (David Coates / The Detroit News)
The Hong Kong-flagged Federal Rideau was constructed in 2000. The vessel ... (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)