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MSC boxship hard aground on the St Lawrence river

Tugs have been dispatched by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board to Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent in Quebec – some 190 km northeast of Montreal – where a containership ran aground yesterday.

The MSC Monica, a ship that plies the St. Lawrence river regularly, ran hard aground yesterday morning after it drifted from the fairway when its rudder stopped working. Efforts will be made to shift the vessel today. It is not disrupting traffic.

In 2008, another ship from the same company, MSC Sabrina, grounded in the same area.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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