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Cardinal – The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier RT HON PAUL J MARTIN remains aground since Sunday night, October 6th on the St. Lawrence river off Galop Island. It is just outside the shipping channel west of Cardinal. The ship was en route from Port Weller to Quebec.
The ship is located on the Canadian side of Galop Island across from Galop Canal Road in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Township.
The Canadian-registered vessel is a 35,000 metric ton self-unloading bulk carrier carrying iron ore destined for Quebec City. The ship can hold 1.4 million cubic feet of ore.
The United States Coast Guard has responded to the incident and is now working with the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation on a salvage plan. Coast Guard officials say the ship is taking on water at a slow rate but no fuel or cargo tanks have been breached.
The Canadian Coast Guard reports via twitter they are now on scene with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to assess the situation and determine next steps.
Traffic is being restricted to one way only during daylight hours. They say the Seaway will be closed for night navigation until further evaluation is conducted.
According to Michael Folsom @theshipwatcher on twitter, “ship traffic has been allowed to proceed past the grounded Rt Hon Paul J Martin. The area along Galop Island is known for numerous high spots with rocks and water depth is just 20 feet near where the ship sits now.”
As of this posting, the ship was still aground. No reports on damages. Engine failure said to be the cause of grounding.
Hometown TV12 is still following this story and with post any updates as we receive them.