GATINEAU, QC, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (M11C0001) into
the March 2011 grounding of the multipurpose cargo ship BBC Steinhoeft
on the South Shore Canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Saint-Lambert,
On 31 March 2011, the downbound vessel BBC Steinhoeft ran aground in the
South Shore Canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway downstream of St. Lambert
Lock. Seaway traffic remained closed for 10 hours until it was
refloated by 2 tugboats. There were no injuries or pollution. The
investigation found that as the vessel approached the entrance to the
narrower section of the channel, it experienced a suction effect that
caused it to veer to port. Attempts to counteract the veering were
ineffective and the vessel ran aground, blocking the channel.
The report is available on the TSB website at www.tsb-bst.gc.ca.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF CANADA
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