Posted on June 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Canadian-flagged Bulk Carrier, ALGOMA NIAGARA broke from its mooring lines during the early morning hours of June the 17th, shutting down traffic in the Detroit River for more than 30 hours.
The incident occurred at approximately 04:00 am on Monday morning, near the Sandwich Town docks, located along the Canada-US border.
The vessel, which had been carrying over 25,000 tons of gravel, snapped from its mooring lines, and proceeded to swing, some 90 degrees towards the channel, while the stern mooring lines remained in place.
Reportedly, a crewmember aboard the Algoma Niagara was injured during the incident.
The Master of the vessel proceeded to drop the ship’s anchor in order to stop the vessel from drifting near the Kinder Morgan pipeline that was located nearby.
As a precaution, Kinder Morgan sealed and purged out the line so as to avoid a potential environmental disaster.
Following the incident, the Windsor Port authority immediately closed down the Canadian side of the shipping channel in order to prevent a possible collision.
Two tugs were sent to the scene to assist the distressed vessel, who then proceeded to manoeuvre the ship back to its original berthing position. The vessel had to detach its anchor, which is expected to be recovered later.
Almost 30 hours after the incident, the Windsor Port Authority reopened the shipping route.
An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic