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The Federal Kivalina remains grounded near the Thousand Islands Bridge. Photo: Emmett Smith
The Federal Kivalina remains grounded near the Thousand Islands Bridge. Photo: Emmett Smith

Seaway shipping suspended pending efforts to free grounded freighter

Shipping traffic remains suspended along a stretch of the St. Lawrence Seaway as salvage efforts get underway for a freighter grounded between Alexandria Bay and Clayton.

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Nancy Alcalde, director of public relations for the Seaway Development Corporation, said a salvage team arrived at the 650-foot Federal Kivalina yesterday afternoon, "They’re reviewing the hull conditions and the weather water conditions and developing a plan for safe removal of the vessel."

The U.S. Coast Guard says a dive team conducted an underwater hull inspection on the ship and determined it had run aground after losing its steering Tuesday afternoon.

No one was injured and no pollution was reported from the vessel.

Alcalde said two tugs were on the way from Montreal. The Seaway corporation and the Coast Guard have to figure out where they’ll take the disabled freighter.

Shipping along that stretch of the Seaway is suspended until the freighter is removed.

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