|Current location of the grounded ship.|
|John B Aird passes Sunken Rock Light in Alexandria Bay.|
UPDATE (8:00 p.m. September 14) - An ocean tug arrived on the scene today just before 12:30 p.m. Dive crews visited the scene multiple times throughout the day.
Tug Wilf Seymour is also en route to the scene as of 6 p.m. Salvage will likely take place on Monday. If cargo needs to be removed, another tug will respond.
UPDATE (10:15 p.m.) - Ocean tug has stopped at Valleyfield. Remains unknown if the plan is to proceed to the grounded John B Aird.
UPDATE (4:45 p.m.) - An Ocean Group tug is upbound on the Seaway at Cote Ste Catherine. We are awaiting word on whether or not it is headed to assist Aird.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) - As of 4:15 crews are on the scene of the John B Aird grounding assessing the situation. No booms deployed and no known pollution or injuries reported.
Seaway traffic continues to move in the area with no delays.
The ship, which was headed downbound, sits to the north side of the channel. The somewhat narrow stretch of water is known to have fluctuating levels this time of year, at times being near maximum draft levels.
UPDATE (2:00 p.m.) - Divers have arrived in Morrisburg to inspect the ship. Photos posted to our Facebook page (St. Lawrence River Ship Watchers) show a crew from All-Sea Great Lakes, out of St. Catharines, preparing to suit up and board a pleasure craft. All-Sea is widely known for their underwater work, including welding and ship repairs.
Boatnerd.com reporting the ship is carrying slag and was en route to Sept-Iles, Quebec.
UPDATE (10:15 a.m.) - A source has confirmed that John B Aird, a 730-foot freighter, is in fact grounded.
The ship is in a fairly narrow section of the Seaway west of Massena. Seaway traffic is currently not effected.
ORIGINAL REPORT (10:10 a.m.) - We are keeping an eye on John B Aird this morning. The ship is anchored off Morrisburg, Ontario, across from Coles Creek. A typical anchorage location would be Wilson Hill.
The ship is shown as going to anchor just before 2 a.m.
There are currently no issues or delays at the two US locks in Massena that could be factoring into this situation.
More to come.