||Canadian freighter grounding confirmed, St. Lawrence, Aug 13: General cargo ship UMIAVUT is aground in St. Lawrence upstream from Trois-Rivieres since Aug 12. The ship is en route from Churchill to Valleyfield, Canada. Ship’s position is outside fairway in shallow waters. No tugs visible nearby, no news on a grounded ship in Great Lakes shipping-related sources. Aug 14 update: Grounding confirmed – the ship veered off fairway after rudder failure, tugs are expected to arrive on the site on Aug 14. No leak reported, no news on damages. Bron: Fleetmon.com.2018-14-aug
Ship has to be lightered. The attempts to refloat the "Umiavut", stranded on Lake St. Pierre since Aug 12 at 10.30 a.m, with two tugs were unsuccessful on Aug 14. A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter oversaw operations from the air. A hovercraft participated in the effort by moving a buoy that interfered with the work of the tugs. The salvage work will be resumed on Aug 16. In the meantime, the containers sboard will be lightered. n it further. Once the ship has been refloated, it will be inspected on site by the Coastguard to ensure that there was no hull damage or risk of an oil spill. Another inspection will take place at the port of Trois-Rivières before resuming the voyage to its final destination, Valleyfield. The supply ship is sailing between Valleyfield and small communities in the Nord-du- Québec region such as Salluit and Inukjuak. A mechanical damage was believed to have caused the deviation of the ship from the fairway.
2018-17-aug Cargo ship refloated. The second attempts to refloat the "Umiavut", grounded, on Lake St. Pierre since Aug 12 at 10.30 a.m, by three tugs was successful. The ship was docked at the port of Trois-Rivères after it was pulled off on Aug 16 shortly before 4 p.m. Before, about 100 tons of cargo had been taken off and ballast water was pumped out. A helicopter of the Canadian Coastguard monitored the salvage work. The cargo ship was inspected before proceeding to the port of Trois-Rivières, where it will undergo another inspection before heading to Valleyfield, after supplying Northern Quebec. The last stop was at Salluit. At the time of the accident, the ship had only empty containers on board. A rudder failure was thought to have caused the accident.