Tugboat danger zone altered slightly

This new drawing on July 20, 2015 shows the new outline of the danger zone (red) around the tugboat Lac Manitoba. Nadro Marine, along with Eastern Canada Response Corporation and the Canadian Coast Guard, have installed rigging in preparation for de-fueling the Lac Manitoba tugboat, possibly this week. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/McKeil Marine)

CORNWALL – A so-called danger zone area has been altered slightly ahead of anticipated fuel salvaging activities for the Lac Manitoba.

Nadro Marine shared a new diagram Monday which has cut back some of the restricted areas around the cables holding a barge in place for the de-fueling operation.

The main change to the drawing from the one released Friday is a section of waterfront trail on the north shore of the river is no longer under restriction.

The new bridge span is also not within the danger zone.

The rigging cables are running from four supports on the Three Nations Bridge to the salvaging barge, which will be located next to the Lac Manitoba. A fifth cable runs north to the shoreline next to the waterfront trail.

Nadro Marine said the south side channel will remain open for boats during salvaging operations.

Meantime, daily monitoring of the site continues, said the company.

The Canadian Coast Guard has told Cornwall Newswatch there’s roughly 9,000 liters of diesel fuel and a small amount of oil to recover from the 64 foot tugboat.

The tugboats Lac Manitoba and LCM 131 sank June 22 while trying to position a barge with a crane for work on decommissioning the Three Nations Bridge.

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