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The Federal Kivalina was aground and at anchor for over 2 days and stopped shipping on the St. Lawrence. Photo: Emmett Smith
The Federal Kivalina was aground and at anchor for over 2 days and stopped shipping on the St. Lawrence. Photo: Emmett Smith

Shipping resumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway

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Shipping has resumed through the St. Lawrence Seaway, after salvage crews moved a disabled freighter that was aground near the Thousand Islands Bridge to Wellesley Island.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reports that 15 ships were backed up over the two days since the Federal Kivalina lost steering Tuesday.

Save the River says that divers confirmed a two-foot long gash in the freighter's hull.

The Coast Guard could only confirm that the freighter was received "mild damage." The Coast Guard approved a salvage plan for the ship early yesterday afternoon.

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Mike Folsom writes the Ship Watcher blog. He says ballast water was removed in order to make it easier for the vessel to float.

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, a salvage crew and two tugs from Montreal moved the ship in time to reopen the channel as of 7:30 last evening.

The ship is now in Bath, Ontario, for further inspection.

Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Massena are currently investigating the cause of the incident.

Save the River says it's concerned about ship safety on the St. Lawrence. "We need answers and we need safeguards," Riverkeeper Lee Willbanks wrote in a press release. "Too much is at stake for the environment and our communities who rely on a healthy River."

The group notes that this is the third safety incident since the Seaway opened two months ago.

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