Grounded MSC containership refloated

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada announced that the 1993-built containership MSC Monica had been successfully refloated after running aground in shallow waters on the St Lawrence River.

Three tugs helped with the refloating and moved the vessel from its grounding point at Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent to the Port of Quebec where it was moored.

No crew members were injured in the grounding incident on Friday and no water pollution has been detected since, the Canadian Coast Guard said.

The grounding happened when the Panama-flagged Monica, owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company, was on its way from Montreal on a regularly plied route and its rudder became damaged, causing it to stray from the fairway.


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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