The 144 meter long, 17095 dwt tanker Chem Norma ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec. The Chem Norma had departed from Montreal headed for Sarnia when it grounded near Morrisburg, Ontario. The tanker had suffered steering failure and grounded just outside the navigation channel. Authorities were contacted and inspected the vessel for damage. A survey found no water ingress or pollution released. Reports state the Chem Norma will be refloated assisted by tugs if necessary. No reports of injuries.
On August 5, the 43 meter long, 338 gt schooner Empire Sandy collided with the 150 meter long, 16622 dwt bulk carrier Ina in Lock 8 of the Welland Canal near Port Colborne, Ontario. The Empire Sandy had entered the canal after strong winds had diverted it from a scheduled cruise on Lake Erie. While in the Lock 8, the Empire Sandy struck the lock wall before running into the stern of the Ina. The Ina was undamaged and there were no reports of injuries. The Ina proceeded on its voyage while the Empire Sandy was inspected for damage. Reports later state the schooner sustained no damage.
On July 18, the 223 meter long, 36674 dwt bulk carrier CSL Laurentien ran aground on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The CSL Laurentien remained aground for a few hours until two tugs were able to help refloat the vessel. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the CSL Laurentien proceeded to an anchorage where it will undergo surveys.