Bulk Carrier Runs Hard Aground in Saint Lawrence Seaway

Photo courtesy Michael Folsom/Twitter
Photo courtesy Michael Folsom/Twitter @theshipwatcher

 

A Cyprus-flagged bulk carrier ran hard aground on the Saint Lawrence Seaway early Sunday just hours after reopening to vessel traffic following Thursday night’s cruise ship mishap in the Eisenhower Lock near Massena, New York.

The vessel remained hard aground as of Monday morning.

The 30,000 DWT MV Tundra ran aground at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday on the Saint Lawrence River near Summerstown, Ontario, just south of Lancaster.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is deploying a team to investigate the grounding.

The incident comes after the cruise ship Saint Laurent hit a bumper in the Eisenhower Lock chamber, injuring 30 people and suspending navigation for 42 hours. Vessel traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway resumed at 4 p.m. Saturday after the vessel was refloated and removed from the lock. The closure delayed 15 vessels, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reported.

The MV Tundra is owned by Montreal-based Canfornav, part of Canadian Forest Navigation.