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Canadian ship remains aground in St. Lawrence River near Prescott, Ontario


OGDENSBURG - A Canadian ship which ran aground Sunday near Prescott, Ontario, remains on a St. Lawrence River shoal after an attempt to move it failed Monday night.

The cargo ship M.V. Sedna Desgagnés ran aground at about 8:12 a.m. Sunday after it veered off course, said Andrew K. Bogora, Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. spokesman. He said two tugboats unsuccessfully attempted to move the ship from the shoal on which it is resting Monday.

“The next step from what I have been told is the vessel will be lightened,” Mr. Bogora said. “They will bring another vessel up next to it and transfer part of the cargo.”

He said he had not been given a time frame for when that would happen. The ship, based in Quebec, is carrying pig iron, or unprocessed steel, bound for Illinois, he said.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating to find out why the ship veered off course.

John L. Cottreau, a TSB spokesman, said Tuesday that the investigation is still in progress, and includes downloading the data voyage recorder and interviewing crew members. He declined further comment.

The TSB official on Sunday described the mishap as a “hard-to-ground” incident.

Mr. Cottreau referred questions about what might have caused the ship to veer off course to the vessel’s owner, Groupe Desgagnés, Quebec City, Quebec. An official there did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Mr. Bogora said the ship is not interfering with vessel navigation on the Seaway, and that no pollution resulted from the incident. He also said that low water levels do not appear to have been a factor in the Sedna running around.

“The minimal channel depths are still intact,” he said. “Vessels are still enjoying the full draft they are guaranteed.”

The draft is how far a ship goes below the water line.

He also said there is no chance the ship was overloaded.

“A vessel cannot go through a lock overdraft, or overweight. Every time a vessel goes through a lock it is subject to inspection,” he said.

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