MONTREAL, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Three days after the incident involving the M/V Richelieu, in the St-Lawrence Seaway at Cote Ste. Catherine, CSL Group reports that clean up operations and vessel repairs are on target.
Temporary repairs to the vessel have been completed with the installation of a 10m long steel plate to seal the breach in the hull. The vessel has been cleaned and re-inspected by divers and no leak or trace of oil was found. Operations to remove the remaining fuel from the damaged tank of the M/V Richelieu are still on-going.
From today on, the vessel may be moved as soon as required by the relevant authorities. She is ready to sail safely to Quebec City to unload her cargo of wheat, then proceed to a shipyard for dry-dock and permanent repair.
The clean-up plan implemented by ECRC (Eastern Canada Response Corporation) is progressing at a fast pace and in a very efficient manner. Spilled fuel is being recovered from the shore line and it is foreseen that the clean-up will be accomplished within the time frame set.
SOURCE The CSL Group Inc.
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