Bulk Carrier Grounds in St. Lawrence Seaway

bulk carrier
file photo of a bulk carrier

Published Jun 21, 2015 11:51 PM by Wendy Laursen

In a second mishap in the St. Lawrence Seaway this week, the bulk carrier Tundra ran aground on Sunday. The incident occurred hours after the seaway reopened following a separate incident involving a cruise ship.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is assessing the incident concerning the Tundra, which ran aground at 1 a.m. Sunday morning near Summerstown, Ontario.

Local media reports a TSB spokesman saying the Tundra has been the subject of investigated before, following another grounding incident in 2012. Fatigue and communication problems between the pilot and bridge officers contributed to the 2012 incident.

Navigation on the St. Lawrence Seaway had resumed for about nine hours after being closed for 42 hours when the cruise ship Saint Laurent allided with a lock.
The cause of Tundra’s accident is being investigated.