Coast Guard trying to refloat grounded Saltie in St. Lawrence Seaway System

By KBJR News 1

Credit: US Coast Guard

Coast Guard trying to refloat grounded Saltie in St. Lawrence Seaway System

December 28, 2013 Updated Dec 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A week ago, the last saltie of the 2013 shipping season left the Duluth Superior Harbor.

Now, the Coast Guard is overseeing operations to refloat the grounded 656–foot vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Orsula, carrying more than 20,000 metric tons of wheat, ran aground near Tibbetts Point, New York, at the entrance of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

A dive survey has confirmed that most of the vessel's hull is resting aground, and revealed significant damage to the propeller.

No flooding, pollution, or injuries occurred as a result of the grounding.

McKeil Marine has been hired to conduct salvage operations, which include lightering to a barge and a controlled re–float of the vessel.

At this point there are no risks to commerce or traffic in the area.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com

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