Planning underway to free stuck ship

Planning underway to free stuck ship
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin ran aground just outside the shipping channel west of Cardinal, Ontario. (Source: WWNY)

CARDINAL, ONTARIO (WWNY) - Plans were being made Tuesday to free a ship that ran aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway Sunday night.

The ship, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, is stuck just outside the shipping channel west of Cardinal, Ontario.

That puts the Canadian-registered vessel on the Canadian side of Galop Island across from Red Mills in the town of Lisbon.

Ensign Joe Neff, public affairs officer for the Buffalo Sector of the U.S. Coast Guard, said planning was underway Tuesday to free the ship, though there’s no word on when the plan will be ready.

The ship is carrying iron ore, and was headed for Quebec City. It’s slowly taking on water, but pumps are keeping up with the water coming in.

Traffic was halted on the Seaway overnight, but ships are being allowed to pass now on a “case by case basis,” according to Neff.

The Canadian Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and Transport Canada are all involved in the effort to free the ship.

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