Halit Bey

Halit Bey (marked in red) ran aground in the St. Lawrence River between Trois-Rivières, its destination, and Quebec City. (MarineTraffic.com)

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.