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Grounded ship suffered propeller damage, salvage operations expected

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CAPE VINCENT — The Coast Guard is overseeing operations to refloat a grounded 656-foot motor vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway, according to a news release Saturday evening.

The ship Orsula, carrying more than 20,000 metric tons of wheat, ran aground near Tibbetts Point, at the entrance of the St. Lawrence Seaway. No flooding, pollution or injuries occurred as a result of the grounding. The Orsula sailed from Duluth, Minn., and was planning to exit the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for the winter on Monday.

A dive survey has been completed, confirming that most of the hull is resting aground and also revealing significant damage to the propeller.

McKeil Marine, Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario, has been hired by the ship’s company to conduct salvage operations, which will include lightering to a barge and performing a controlled refloat of the vessel.

The Coast Guard is working with the ship’s company and the salvage company to ensure the vessel is safely refloated. No risks to commerce or traffic in the area have been reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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