The 656 foot long bulk freighter Orsula went aground on Lake Ontario off Tibbetts Point, New York. The bulker was en route to Montreal from Duluth with 21,000 tons of wheat when it was awaiting to enter the St. Lawrence River. The river had more than 20 vessels queued due to an early freeze. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Local divers were requested and surveyed the vessel for any hull damage. Tug and barges from Kingston have been dispatched to help lighter the Orsula. Reports state the bulker has until December 30 before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the navigation season.
The 32 meter long tug Patrick McAllister caught fire while on Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. The tug was en route from Toledo when a fire broke out in the engine room and quickly spread to other sections. The six crew on board were able to extinguish the blaze using the vessel’s fire suppression system. One crewman suffered severe burns and required medical attention. He was airlifted by helicopter and taken to hospital in Toronto. Other crew who had suffered minor injuries were transferred to a Canadian Coast Guard to Kingston. No reports of pollution being released. The Patrick McAllister was taken under tow by a salvage tug and proceeded to Clayton, New York.
The 222 meter long, 34752 dwt bulk freighter Algoma Discovery suffered a fire while moored at Hamilton, Ontario. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and local firefighters were requested. Before the firefighters arrived, the fire was extinguished by the vessel’s fire suppression system. No reports of injuries and the crew evacuated the vessel. No details provided to the extent of damages.