Saturday: Stuck Ship Freed from Snell Lock

Saturday: Stuck Ship Freed from Snell Lock

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Courtesy: John Astafan III Courtesy: John Astafan III

A ship that was stuck in the ice at Snell Lock in Massena was freed Saturday, after three days of trying.

The "Federal Biscay," a bulk carrier hauling soy beans, was on its way down river to Montreal earlier this week when it got stuck in what was reportedly a combination of ice on the lock wall and the vessel's hull

"After a major effort over the past 24 hours to melt the ice around the vessel using pressurized steam, the vessel exited the lock earlier this afternoon with tug assistance," the St.Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. said in a statement. 

"The vessel is now tied up along the upper approach wall to the lock."

High-pressurized steam was the main tool used to free the ship, though several tug boats were also deployed. 

The incident stopped the Seaway from closing as planned on December 31, raised the possibility that four other ships would be stuck in the St. Lawrence River for the winter, and prompted the environmental group "Save The River" to criticize the Seaway Development Corp

The Seaway Development Corp. noted Saturday that the other ships - the four that could not exit because the Federal Biscay was blocking the way - are positioned to leave the Seaway.    

 The video below, which was posted by Hunt Underwater Specialties, LLC on Facebook shows the freighter getting freed from the lock.

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