Grounded bulk carrier refloated and traffic resumes on St Lawrence Seaway

Grounded bulk carrier refloated and traffic resumes on St Lawrence Seaway

San Francisco: Commercial navigation was able to resume on the St Lawrence Seaway on Monday morning, after grounded cargo vessel the Algoma Spirit was successfully refloated.

The Algoma Spirit (34,685 dwt, built 1986), of Canada, was carrying a cargo of grain when it lost power and became grounded east of the Seaway International Bridge near Cornwall Island on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities dispatched two tug boats but the vessel proved difficult to budge, and commercial navigation had to be suspended. Once eventually freed and refloated the Algoma Spirit was escorted to St.-Zotique Anchorage near the Quebec-Ontario border for further inspection and investigation by Transport Canada

There were no injuries reported and there was no pollution as a result of the grounding.

The Algoma Spirit was the third ship in six weeks to run aground on the waterway.

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.

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