Ship runs aground near Morrisburg

In this provided photo by John Lester, a ship ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Morrisburg, Ont. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (John Lester via Newswatch Group)

MORRISBURG – An oil and chemical tanker ran aground early this morning (Tuesday) near the village of Morrisburg.

The Chem Norma got stuck on the side of the shipping channel around 4 a.m. and by 9 a.m. an inspector was on the ship to check for any damage.

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation spokesman Andrew Bogora told Cornwall Newswatch the ship was carrying refined petroleum products.

“All tankers on the Seaway must be double-hulled, which means that they are very sturdy vessels. Even if the outer hull is pierced, the inner hull remains intact, holding the liquid cargo,” Boroga said.

At this point, there is no pollution and the ship has not taken on any water.

As of 12:15 p.m. a Canadian Seaway inspector was completing his inspection.

Once the ship from the Marshall Islands is cleared, it will be escorted by two tugboats.

A steering problem with the ship caused it to run aground, the corporation said.

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