A ship that ran aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway Christmas week was headed down river and out of the St. Lawrence seaway Monday.
The "Orsula" was freed about 6 p.m. Sunday and spent part of the night anchored just east of Carleton Island.
A private company, McKeil Marine, was hired by the ship’s company to conduct salvage operations that included the "lightering" of the vessel to a barge, which started Saturday evening and was completed Sunday morning.
The vessel got under way at 3:25 a.m., accompanied by a tug boat. The hull was inspected by a dive team and the ship was deemed safe to travel.
A spokeswoman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation told 7 News the Orsula and the other ships on the Seaway are all expected to clear the waterway before it closes at midnight.
The Orsula was carrying more than 20,000 metric tons of wheat when it aground near Tibbetts Point, Cape Vincent, Christmas Day.
No flooding, pollution or injuries occurred as a result of the grounding, according to a Coast Guard statement.
The cargo vessel sailed from Duluth, Minnesota, and was attempting to get through the Seaway system when the accident occured.
The cause of the grounding is under investigation.
Monday, August 31, 2015, Watertown, NY
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