Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015
“Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday.
Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for help about 1 a.m. Monday. No cargo or fuel was spilled into the waterway, he said, and no crew injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard said Monday evening the vessel was listing slightly to port with 18 feet of water in the forward peak of the vessel.
The ship, flagged in the Bahamas, was heading toward Toronto. It is owned and operated by Polska Zeg Luga Morska, P.P., a subsidiary of the O’Brien’s Group. The pilot was fully licensed.
Lt. Hillman said Coast Guard and company crews are investigating the cause of the stoppage, assessing damage to the vessel as they wait for a salvage team that is en route.
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi A. Read, based in Cleveland, said three ships were stopped because of the Juno’s grounding.
He said the Juno might not be able to leave the area until Wednesday, and the crew will stay on board the freighter in the interim.
Monday afternoon, environmental group Save the River noted the Juno was the second grounding of the just-launched season, and criticized the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. for listing the waterway as “Highway H2O.”
“If the shippers want to share the use of this river with the rest of us, they must exhibit their ability to do it safely,” D. Lee Willbanks, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “Too much is at stake for the environment and our communities who rely on a healthy river.”
On April 3, the bulk carrier CWB Marquis went aground near Beauharnois, Quebec, Canada, after hitting a large ice floe.”
“The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to commercial traffic after a freighter ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay early Monday morning.
It happened just after 1 a.m.
The Juno is registered in the Bahamas and is carrying a load of sugar.
U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Weidman tells 7 News nothing was spilled and there has been no environmental damage.
Coast Guard and Seaway inspectors are on board.”
We’ll keep you updated on the status of the Juno as we learn more.
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Points to make:
The catch and release season under consideration for bass in the St. Lawrence River or eastern Lake Ontario will occur during the time when males are protecting eggs and fry. This will create a situation where they are being pulled off the nest at the critical stage when they must aggressively defend their nests from predators such as gobies.
Studies have shown that gobies consume an average of 2,000 eggs per nest from the nests of Smallmouth Bass when the guarding male is removed. With estimates of billions of gobies in the nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, they have become serious egg predators for a number of resident species, including smallmouth bass.
All citizens of the world should have access to swimmable, drinkable and fishable water. And we, along with local, regional, national & international partners are working to restore, protect and preserve the St. Lawrence River, part of the greatest freshwater system on Earth, now and for future generations. Every day is #WorldWaterDay
As we continue celebrating Canada Water Week by highlighting some of our many partnerships and collaborative efforts with Canadian organizations, it is important to acknowledge and salute WWF-Canada.
We have worked with WWF-Canada for many years to implement Plan 2014 – the modern plan that will return more natural levels and flows and create a more resilient ecosystem on St. Lawrence River.
Engaged with St. Lawrence River Institute whose “goal is to set a whole new standard for environmental science: to identify and undertake vital research for protection and rehabilitation of the St. Lawrence River and other freshwater systems; to inspire and motivate young people to get involved in environmental issues; and to provide our community with the information they need to become responsible stewards of our environment.”
Celebrating Canada Water Week and the River we share and love.
Save The River partners with the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative(A2A), now a true multi-national organization, to preserve land and water migratory paths to connect lands and people across the Algonquin to Adirondacks region, to enhance a critical link for biodiversity and resilience in eastern North America.
With the Upper St. Lawrence River the exclamation mark between the two most significant biological reserves in eastern North America, our’s is a natural partnership, with the Riverkeeper serving on the A2A board of directors.
We’re observing Canada Water Week all week highlighting some of our great partners in restoring, preserving and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Events are moving rapidly to establish the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River as a carbon corridor for a newly aggressive North American energy industry. This poses the greatest threat yet to these waters. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable.
So pleased to partner with the The Council of Canadians and other strong Canadian and U.S. groups to oppose unsafe shipment of volatile and toxic oil on the River.