Canal Blocked – Vessel Grounded due to Loss of Propulsion

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Accident : Vessel grounding
Date : 19 October 2015
Vessel Involved : Jo Spirit
Location : St. Lawrence Seaway near Kahnawake
Pollution : Nil

On Monday morning, the vessel ran aground blocking the South Shore Canal at St. Lawrence Seaway.  The report says that the vessel went off the course and hit the north wall around 3.30 a.m.  Inspectors responded immediately and two tugs arrived to free the ship.

A failure in the main engine made the ship move off the course.  It took hours to free the vessel and clear the canal, as three ships were waiting to cross the canal.

Andrew Bogora, a spokesperson for the St.Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, said, “From what I have been told there is no pollution, no evidence of any type of oil coming from the vessel.”

Andrew Hills, a Senior Manager for Jo Tankers, the ship’s owner, revealed, “The vessel’s engineers have already rectified the engine problem, but the vessel needs some assistance off the bank.  There have been no injuries to anybody, and no pollution.”

The Federal Transportation Safety Board will file a report after investigating the cause of the incident.

Source: CBC

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