Update: Ship Underway After Oil Leak


A Great Lakes cargo vessel that was tied up near Massena Thursday morning while officials investigated a minor oil spill is underway again.

Thursday afternoon, officials said "the source of the leak has been identified and a course of action taken to prvent any further leaking while the ship is transiting."

The vessel is underway downbound to Quebec City, where repairs will take place.


The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reported Thursday morning that the Captain Henry Jackman, carrying a cargo of salt, was secured to the upper wall at Snell Lock awaiting inspection.

Seaway officials said lock crews saw a light sheen of oil as the vessel headed downstream from Eisenhower Lock at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 730-foot vessel was directed to Snell Lock and boom was deployed around the vessel as a precaution.

Officials shut down navigation on the Seaway for about six hours while U.S. Coast Guard and Seaway inspectors assessed the spill.

Three up-bound vessels and one down-bound vessel were delayed.

Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. and Canadian Seaways, the owner, and the vessels Classification Society were investigating the source of the leak Thursday morning.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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