On July 7, the 194 meter long, 18602 dwt bulk carrier Ojibway caught fire on Lake Huron at Sarnia, Ontario. The fire started in the vessel’s galley and quickly intensified. Local fire fighters were requested and were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. No reports of injuries to the 24 crew, but one fire fighter sustained injuries and taken to hospital for treatment. Reports state the Ojibway sustained damage around $100,000 (Canadian Dollars).
The 135 meter long, 15100 dwt asphalt/bitumen tanker Damia Desgagnes became disabled and went aground on the St. Lawrence River near the Iroquois Lock. The Damia Desgagnes had suffered a mechanical failure before it had run aground. The vessel sustained no damage, injuries or pollution released.
Reports state two tugs arrived and pulled the tanker free. Also, the crew were able to repair the mechanical issue and the Damia Desgagnes was proceeding on its voyage.
On May 21, the 161 meter long, 17088 tanker Travestern ran aground on the St. Lawrence River (Lake St. Francis) near Cornwall, Ontario. The Travestern was headed to Montreal from Hamilton when it stranded on Lancaster Bar. Two tugs were dispatched to the scene and were able to refloat the tanker a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Authorities state the vessel was escorted to an anchorage near Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec where the tanker will be inspected for damage. The cause of the grounding was not reported.