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Canfornav bulker aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

Montreal: Drybulk vessel MV Tundra (30,892dwt, built 2009) owned by Canfornav, part of the Canadian Forest Navigation Group, has run aground overnight on the St. Lawrence Seaway at Lancaster, Ontario in Canada.

Local media has yet to report on the incident. However Michael Folsom, who runs a St. Lawrence Seaway dedicated site The ShipWatcher, says that the grounding occurred just 6 hours after the seaway had reopened. It was closed since Friday when 286-foot cruise ship Saint Laurent hit a concrete wall in the Eisenhower Lock, in Massena, New York.

The grounding caused another closure on the seaway this morning at 1am local time, although traffic is now moving slowly through the area. According to Folsom, two tugs have been requested to help the stricken vessel, however they are not expected to arrive until this evening.

Canfornav has a fleet of over 40 vessels dedicated to servicing the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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