Coast Guard overseeing grounded vessel operations in St. Lawrence Seaway

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CAPE VINCENT, N.Y.— The Coast Guard is overseeing operations to refloat a grounded 656-foot motor vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Saturday.

No flooding, pollution or injuries occurred as a result of the grounding.

The motor vessel Orsula, carrying more than 20,000 metric tons of wheat, ran aground near Tibbetts Point, N.Y., at the entrance of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The motor vessel Orsula, a 656-foot Marshall Island flagged vessel, hard aground near Tibbetts Point in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Dec. 26, 2013.  The Orsula sailed from Duluth, Minn., and was planning to exit the St. Lawrence Seaway.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

The motor vessel Orsula, a 656-foot Marshall Island flagged vessel, hard aground near Tibbetts Point in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Dec. 26, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Orsula sailed from Duluth, Minn., and was planning to exit the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for the winter on Monday.

A dive survey has been completed, confirming that most of the hull of the vessel is resting aground, and revealed significant damage to the propeller.

McKeil Marine has been hired by the ship’s company to conduct salvage operations. These operations will include lightering to a barge and a controlled re-float of the vessel.

The Coast Guard is working with the ship’s company and the salvage company to ensure the vessel is safely refloated. At this point there are no risks to commerce or traffic in the area.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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