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.
The 152 meter long, 8,388 tonne cargo vessel Lena J allided with a bridge in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The Lena J was en route to Burns Harbor, Indiana from Montreal when it struck Bridge 19. The vessel and bridge sustained damage. Traffic on the bridge was halted until it could be inspected. The Lena J was able to proceed to Colborne where it later berthed and inspected for damaged. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released.
The 225 meter long, 38960 dwt self-unloading bulk carrierAtlantic Erie ran aground on Lake Erie near Port Colborne, Ontario. The vessel was approaching Port Colborne when it veered out of the navigation channel and ran into shallow water. The vessel’s bow was holed allowing water ingress into the forepeak. No reports of injuries or pollution released. A tug was dispatched to the scene, but no reports when refloating operations will begin. Canadian authorities have dispatched a team to the scene to start investigating the incident.