A grounded freighter in the St. Lawrence River near Lake Ontario has been moved to a safe anchorage allowing navigation of the Seaway to resume on 22 April, Canadian Seaway spokesman Andrew Bogora said.
At least seven freighters had been waiting to transit through the Seaway locks between Lake Ontario and Montreal. The 621-foot Polsteam vessel Juno, registered in the Bahamas, was carrying a load of raw sugar to Toronto when it ran aground near the Thousand Islands Bridge on the American side of the river on 20 April. Two tugs from Montreal pulled it free and escorted out of the shipping channel for further examination.
Meanwhile U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials were dealing with a second grounded ship, this time in the St. Mary’s River between lakes Erie and Huron. The incident has not delayed ship traffic in the river.
The Mississagi ran aground near De Tour Village, Michigan, early 22 April. Owned by Lawer Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ont, the 1943 built ship was carrying a load of stone. The USCG said there were no injuries to the crew and no pollution. It was not known how soon the vessel could be pulled free.
The cause of both incidents has not been determined.