LISBON — Canada Steamship Lines has confirmed that the 35,400 Deadweight tonnnage, self-unloading bulk carrier MV Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin grounded approximately 1.2 miles from Cardinal, Ontario in the St. Lawrence Seaway on Sunday evening.

According to Bigitte Hebert, Director of Communications for Canada Steamship lines, the vessel is carrying iron ore destined for Quebec City.

“There is neither injury to personnel, discharge from the vessel, adverse effects to the environment, nor cargo damage,” Ms. Hebert wrote in an email to the Times.

While some Seaway traffic has been able to get past the grounded ship others have gone to anchor upriver of the incident.

Veteran ship watcher Michael J. Folsom reports that the nearest ship, Bro Anges, a chemical and oil tanker, has gone to anchor several miles upstream from the Paul J. Martin on Monday morning, but by the after it had moved past the Paul J. Martin on its way to Montreal.

Other ships slowly made their way past the stuck vessel throughout the day.

Ms. Hebert reported that authorities have been notified and that Canada Steamships is evaluating the situation and preparing a salvage plan.

“CSL apologizes for any inconvenience caused. The safety of crew members and the community, and the protection of the environment remain CSL’s top priorities,” Ms. Hebert wrote.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation did not respond to several phone calls about the situation.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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