As many have noticed, the saltie Cornelia has been anchored off the Duluth harbor for almost a month now. The Coast Guard and other agencies involved in the ongoing investigation have not released any specifics on the case, but what they have revealed shows that the Liberian-flagged Cornelia is being held in Duluth because of alleged violations in the U.S. environmental law. The Coast Guard says it is investigating the crew and equipment of the ship for violations relating to the discharge of oily water.
The Coast Guard says that the discharge did not occur within in the port of Duluth-Superior. Because the Welland Canal closes on December 26, and the St. Lawrence Seaway on December 30, the Coast Guard and the vessel’s owner are negotiating a security agreement to allow the ship to exit the Great Lakes before winter comes while continuing the investigation.