General Cargo Carrier Goes Adrift

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A cargo ship runs aground off Port of Ogdensburg, reports NNY360.

IMKE runs aground

The IMKE, a general cargo ship flagged out of Malta, is reportedly aground just off the Port of Ogdensburg. The ship was traveling to Ogdensburg from Montreal, Québec, carrying wind turbine blades for the Roaring Brook Wind Farm in Lewis County.

As of 10 pm on Sunday, a tug has been called upon to help free the ship. The tug is expected to depart from Montreal, Québec, but its departure time is still to be determined, according to veteran ship watcher Michael J. Folsom.

Mr. Folsom reported on Twitter that the ship had trouble making it through the narrow access to the port on Saturday afternoon.

Strong current at @Ogdensburg_NY gives docking ships a hard time. IMKE took multiple attempts at getting into the port today (Saturday) before running into trouble just off the dock,” Mr. Folsom tweeted at 11:42 p.m. Saturday.

Strong currents responsible

Strong currents and precipitous depth changes makes Ogdensburg a difficult port to approach, Mr. Folsom said in a subsequent tweet. The stern of the ship became lodged in the shallow area parallel to the dock.

As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the ship was listed as “aground,” on MarineTraffic.com.

Mr. Folsom tweeted just after 5 p.m. Sunday that no pollution or injuries have been reported. Stern damage to the ship is presumed, Mr. Folsom added.

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Source: NNY360

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