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Freese Shipping bulker grounded in St Lawrence Seaway

The US Coast Guard (USCG) in conjunction with other agencies – American and Canadian – have responded to the grounding of a dry bulk vessel in the middle of the St Lawrence Seaway.

The 2010-built Pacific Huron, with a cargo of soybeans headed for Montreal, ran aground in a part of the seaway between Carleton Island, New York state, and Wolfe Island, Ontario.

Its forward section was aground while the stern anchor was deployed.

No crew injuries were reported nor any leaks, pollution or flooding related to incident.

Other vessels continued to move, using the navigation channel, as the ship was about 1,000 feet outside the channel.

Investigators from multiple bodies – USCG, the Washington-based St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), Canadian St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) – are looking into the incident.

Pacific Huron is owned by Germany company Freese Shipping.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.


  1. This ship was recently towed off shoals and is now anchored on the south side of the shipping channel. I can see it from my front porch.

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