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.