A Canadian cement service ran aground on Sunday morning simply after 5:30 a.m. EST, east of Cornwall, Ontario, inflicting a two-day stoppage of ship visitors on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

By Michael Folsom

The Canadian-flagged NACC Argonaut grounded Sunday morning on the St. Lawrence River close to about 60 nautical miles west of the Port of Montreal. The ship was navigating a slender part of the river, which the channel depths are generally between 30-40 ft, earlier than veering outdoors of the channel the place ranges rapidly alter on account of rock cabinets and shoals. On the time of the grounding, the ship was drafting close to the Seaway most of 26’ 6”. 

Water ranges on the Seaway weren’t a contributing issue.

On Tuesday morning round 9:00 am. EST, 2 tugs from Ocean Group, Ocean Intrepide and Ocean Ok. Rusby, have been on scene and freed the ship. NACC Argonaut was then moved, stern-first, downriver to emergency anchorage to be stabilized earlier than then shifting underneath its personal energy additional downriver to St. Zotique Anchorage.

No accidents or air pollution resulted from the incident or re-floating, and Canadian Coast Guard, in addition to St. Lawrence Seaway Administration Company monitored the state of affairs all through. A full investigation and inspection of the vessel remains to be pending.

NACC Argonaut was touring to Oshawa, Ontario, a small port on the north aspect of Lake Ontario, and carrying a load of dry cement. 

NACC Argonaut has a deadweight of 13,977 tonnes and is operated by NovaAlgoma, a three way partnership between Nova Marine Carriers SA (Nova) based mostly in Luxembourg and Algoma Central Company (Algoma) from Canada.

A number of industrial vessels have been affected by the grounding, together with cruise ship Hanseatic Inspiration that had entered the Seaway early Tuesday, however due to delays and impending backups on the locks, needed to flip again to Montreal for passengers to disembark after which be bussed to Toronto with a view to preserve their schedule and make outgoing flights. As many as 15 vessels have been delayed anyplace from a couple of hours as much as 2 days. 

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a binational waterway managed by Nice Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Improvement Company, a U.S. federal company inside the U.S. Division of Transportation, and The St. Lawrence Seaway Administration Company in Canada, a not-for-profit company. The waterway serves as a crucial artery connecting the Nice Lakes area with the Atlantic Ocean. Every year over 200 million tonnes of cargo journey on the waterway, supporting greater than $50 billion in financial exercise.

Michael Folsom is creator of the Seaway Ship Watchers Community and Downbound Discussions Podcast.