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Ship stuck in St. Lawrence Seaway near Kahnawake

A ship ran aground in the South Shore Canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Kahnawake this morning.

The South Shore Canal is entirely blocked by ship touching the north wall

The aptly-named Jo Spirit is carrying various grades of rum alcohol. (Elias Abboud/ CBC)

A vessel carrying rum ran aground in the South Shore Canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Kahnawake this morning.

The Jo Spirit has been blocking the canal since early Monday morning.

Andrew Bogora, a spokesperson for the The St.Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, says at around 3:30 a.m. it went off course and hit the wall of the canal. Inspectors are on the scene and the ship appears to be intact.

"From what I have been told there is no pollution, no evidence of any type of oil coming from the vessel," said Bogora.

The ship experienced a failure in the main engine, said Andrew Hills, a senior manager for Jo Tankers, the ship's owner, in an email to CBC Montreal.

"The vessel's engineers have already rectified the engine problem but the vessel needs some assistance off the bank. There has been no injuries to anybody, and no pollution," said Hills.

Two tug boats arrived early Monday afternoon to free the Jo Spirit. 

It could take hours for the vessel to be freed.

About three ships are currently waiting for the canal to be cleared before they can continue to their destination. The federal Transportation Safety Board will investigate why the vessel went off course, and file a report.


   

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