Grounding of the MSC Sabrina near Trois-Rivières

    TROIS-RIVIERES, QC, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is
closely monitoring Panamanian ship MSC Sabrina which ran aground in
Trois-Rivières and will study the final lightering plan as soon as it is
received. The plan must be prepared by the ship's owner and submitted to
Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard for assessment.
    The MSC Sabrina was heading to the Port of Montréal when its southern
side struck ground along section 20 of the Port of Trois-Rivières on Saturday,
March 8, 2008. Three refloating attempts were made using a number of tugboats,
all to no avail.
    Throughout the process to remove the ship, government authorities are
making sure that safety and regulatory aspects are respected. Moreover, they
are ensuring that all necessary precautions are taken to reduce the risk of
possible marine pollution.
    No pollution has been observed in this case, the ship is stable and the
crew is safe. As such, the ship's owner has the time needed to submit a
lightering plan, within a timeframe deemed acceptable by government experts.
    Government authorities are monitoring the situation and will keep you
informed of operations in due time. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada
is responsible for investigating the cause of the incident.

For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Letendre, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (418) 649-6297,;
Marie-Anyk Côté, Acting Director, Communications, Quebec Region, Transport
Canada, (514) 633-2742,

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