Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tundra Aground at Lancaster, ON

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cruise Ship Saint Laurent Taking On Water

A view of Saint Laurent's position inside Eisenhower Lock in Massena.
UPDATE (11:40pm): More than 12 have been reportedly taken to area hospitals. Crews are still removing passengers with the use of ladders and cranes.

The ship is said to be floating, but very little water is in the lock. Salvage is expected in the morning and the extent of the damage will be determined at that time. Based on provided photos, the bow is significantly damaged.

UPDATE (10:15pm): Multiple injuries are being reported. The ship is heavily damaged after colliding with the concrete lock wall.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Just before 10 p.m. tonight the USCG received notification that the cruise ship Saint Laurent was taking on water at Eisenhower Lock. Emergency crews from local fire departments, as well as the USCG have responded. It is believe passengers were being taken off the ship in the lock.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Juno Freed at 7:20am

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Juno Aground: Day 2

Hearing word that the Ocean tugs which are en route to the scene of the grounded Juno will arrive later this morning. The initial plan is likely to be that the tugs will secure the ship in place and the Seaway will re-open for traffic to navigate through the area before proceeding with salvage plans.

Once salvage begins, the Seaway will again close to traffic until the ship is moved.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Ship Aground at TI Bridge


CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard is responding to a 621-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the vicinity of Wellesley Island, in the St. Lawrence River, New York, Monday.

The motor vessel is aground and taking on water in one of the forward ballast tanks. 

The vessel is slightly listing to port with 18-feet of water in the forward peak of the vessel. There are no reported injuries to the crew, and no reported pollution. 

The motor vessel Juno, a Bahamian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of sugar, was transiting inbound from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Port of Toronto.

At about 1:10 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received a report from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation of a bulk carrier that was hard aground in the vicinity of the Thousands Islands Bridge. The vessel did not come in contact with the bridge. 

Vessel navigation is currently suspended in the vicinity of the grounding.  There are three other vessels in the area waiting for the navigational channel to re-open.

Coast Guard marine inspectors from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena, New York, are on board the Juno with SLSDC representatives conducting an initial investigation along with the SLSDC. A crew from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay responded to enforce the waterway closure and monitor the situation.

ORIGINAL REPORT - Just after midnight Juno ran hard aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge. Information is still coming it at this time but as of now no known injuries, bridge damage, or pollution.

Ship is carrying sugar.

This is the second grounding around the bridge in the past year. Federal Kivalina ground on May 27, 2014.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Seaway Open, First Ship Aground

We will bring more of a report soon, but according to a source, the first ship of the season, CWB Marquis - one of the Seaway's newest ships - has run aground on Lake St Louis just east of Beauharnois Lock.

Unconfirmed report is that heavy ice floes shifted the ship overnight while anchored causing the situation.

All traffic continues at this time.

The Seaway opened for its 57th season on Thursday morning at 8am. CWB Marquis was the first ship through St Lambert Lock and part of the opening ceremony.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seaway to Open March 27

The opening of the 2015 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times:

Montreal / Lake Ontario March 27, 2015 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.)

Welland Canal March 27, 2015 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.)

Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.

The Seaway was scheduled to open on March 28 last season, but heavy ice along portions of the St. Lawrence River and South Shore Canal delayed the opening until March 31. Even then, ships had to be escorted through various sections of the river by an icebreaker.

On April 5, 2014, a ship became stuck in the ice off Cape Vincent before being freed by CGC Griffon. In addition, lock gates had issues operating for nearly a month as ice moved from the lake downbound.

No dates have been indicated for the passing of an icebreaker.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seaway Closing Date Set

The Seaway announced today the closing date for 2014. Ships will be allowed, with permission granted prior to December 25, to travel Lake Ontario to Montreal up until December 31 at 4 p.m.

The 4 p.m. closure is 8 hours earlier than what has occurred in recent years on a closing date.

Ships will also be permitted to transit the Welland Canal until the same date and time.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Seaway Strike Looms

On Wednesday morning of this week, the St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), which is the Canadian side of Seaway operations, released the following announcement relating to a potential union strike.

Cornwall, Ontario (October 29, 2014) - The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was served with a 72-hour notice to strike by UNIFOR on October 28, 2014.  The union intends to begin strike action as of 12:15 PM on Friday, October 31, 2014. UNIFOR represents the Seaway’s 460 unionized employees.

The SLSMC is currently in the process of implementing a modernization program which incorporates Hands Free Mooring and Remote Lock Operation. This program is essential to ensuring that the Seaway can operate on a basis that is both safe and sustainable. Contrary to union allegations, the SLSMC is confident that it will continue to process ships through its locks in a safe and secure manner.

Despite UNIFOR’s strike notice, the SLSMC remains committed to obtaining a fair settlement, and will continue to bargain in good faith with the assistance of a federally appointed mediator.
As a result of UNIFOR’s strike notification, SLSMC has started implementing its detailed plans for an orderly and safe shutdown of the system within the 72-hour notice period. Should the unionized workers proceed with strike action, as scheduled, the St. Lawrence Seaway will be closed to all traffic.

As of early this morning, Friday, word broke that the union and SLSMC have come to an arrangement that would shift the start of a strike until Monday evening.

Seaway traffic has been heavy throughout the week, as it typically is this time of year.

With a Seaway shutdown on the Canadian side, the US Locks would serve very little purpose during a strike since ships aren't able to reach Lake Ontario without having to pass through Iroquois Lock. However, ship traffic would be allowed to continue from points west, such as Hamilton and Toronto, to points east, like Bath, Picton, Johnstown, and Ogdensburg.

A Seaway shutdown due to a strike was last threatened in 2011.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another Cruise Ship Passing Through the Islands

The former C. Columbus, now known as Hamburg, is upbound on the Seaway headed for Toronto.

The ship's last visit to the Seaway came in 2011 -

The ship should reach the 1000 Islands this evening. It has a downbound stop in Kingston in about 10 days.

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