Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Phoenix Star Strikes Shoal in 1000 Islands

Phoenix Star, formerly JW Shelley shown here in 2009,
had a mishap Tuesday morning and struck Sunken Rock Shoal.

UPDATE (October 17  9:00 a.m.) - Phoenix Star lifted anchor last evening around 6 p.m. to continue on to Hamilton. The ship was cleared following inspection by divers, Coast Guard and Seaway officials. Clayton's Abaco Marine Towing assisted in the inspection process by transporting inspectors to the ship, among other things.

ORIGINAL REPORT - Phoenix Star has clipped a Thousand Islands shoal and gone to anchor west of Bartlett Point near Clayton.

Phoenix Star, built in 1968 and most recently known as JW Shelley, reportedly struck Sunken Rock Shoal near Alexandria Bay in the early morning hours. Around 3 a.m. the ship bumped the shoal and proceeded upbound without any signs of pollution or damage to the vessel.

The 730-foot long ship is currently in ballast. Phoenix Star was en route to Hamilton, Ontario and expected to reach the port later tonight.

Once clear of the American Narrows, the ship proceeded to the open water just west of Clayton to anchor and keep clear of the shipping channel.

Investigators are reportedly en route to the scene to inspect the ship before it will be permitted to continue on its trek. Clayton's Abaco Marine Towing, LLC has been retained to help remedy the situation - including assistance with divers.

We will provide more as it becomes available.

Story updated at 11:00 a.m.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

it was bound to happen, the River is too low for ship traffic and Seaway should be shut down before we have a spill.

Jeff said...

Yeah, let's shut the Seaway down. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Idiot you can't shut it down

Anonymous said...

They should just put more water in it.

Anonymous said...

Did they call US Customs before entering US waters and landing on US soil?

The Great Cornholio said...

I blame Obama.

Anonymous said...

It's Obama's fault, the appointees on the IJC are his people. There will be millions of dollars of damage to property, docks, boathouses, breakwalls, if the water rises after the river freezes over.

Anonymous said...

IDIOT, YES THEY CAN SHUT DOWN SHIPPING!

Anonymous said...

how about those wealthy people up on lake ontario that were allowed to build homes on the flood plain, their money talks . Montreal harbor dredging should be required. Regardless what you think Obama is not god , representatives of former pres. Bush were equally responsible,. Did you blame Bush then?

Anonymous said...

Well that escalated quickly. Let's just wait and see what the cause was. Plenty of other ships are making their way up and down the channel so I don't think that this can be blamed on low water levels. She's an old girl - maybe something just broke as is often the case (CSL Niagra, Algobay, etc). Hope it is just minor, I always liked the classic front steers. Especially the blue ones.

Anonymous said...

I've got my garden tap running now to put more water in. Let me know when to stop.

Anonymous said...

There's a panlopy of factors which play into this. Leave politicians alone for the moment (Because even there you have to discuss American and Canadian politics if you were so sure it was a result of Pres. Obama Pres Obama. I would then demand you also include the French Government Leader to further give weight weight to your argument After which I would still smash it.) I will qualify my initial statement: Water Level's are not the result of any ONE factor or dynamic. They water levels are low for a handful of reasons. (Man made as well as Natural Biologixal reasons.) Shipping will, and MUST continue to ensure we do not cripple our Nations or Canada's Infrastructure. ALL of us must first give thanks the LORD above who extended Grace that no lives were lost. The rest is recoverable, and yes....debatable. ---- #RRD

Anonymous said...

thats two in two days one down under ogensburg bridge

Harvey Bulkhead said...

Anyone have an idea what "panlopy" means? panlopy
- no dictionary results

Anonymous said...

Water levels of 5ft low will not catch a ship. If they only allowed themselves a 5ft cushion from bottom, most every ship would be grounded.

Lynda said...

Looks like Phoenix Star on her way to Cape Vincent 1900, I hope so !

Anonymous said...

maybe some people should learn the history of the river before they start putting the blame on our leaders. the river is full of sunken ships, and they did not get there all because of water levels.

Anonymous said...

Panoply a : a magnificent or impressive array
b : a display of all appropriate appurtenances more meanings listed that did not apply. It was spelled incorrectly when used


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