Tanker Halit Bey freed after running aground in St. Lawrence
Transportation Safety Board says 160-metre tanker ship did not appear to leak chemicals
A tanker ship carrying chemical products that ran aground on the St. Lawrence River early Tuesday morning has been freed.
The 160-metre Halit Bey was en route to Trois-Rivières, Que., from Germany when it hit the ground just outside Grondines, a small community about 60 kilometres southwest of Quebec City.
Transportation Safety Board official Julie Leroux said a team of three investigators was dispatched to the site of the incident. She said it did not appear as though the tanker leaked any of the chemical, urea, aboard the ship. Urea is an organic compound used in fertilizers and as a raw material in the chemical industry.
Tugboats freed the ship once the high tide rolled in.
Halit Bey is registered the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.