Canadian cement carrier runs aground, blocks St Lawrence Seaway

Canadian-flagged cement carrier NACC Argonaut (IMO 9287302) ran aground during the morning of Sunday September 24th on the St Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ontario, about half way between Montreal and Lake Ontario.

As of Monday the ship remained hard aground, indicating a slight list to port. No injuries or pollution has been reported.

At least one tug had already arrived at the vessel, with a more powerful tug, the Ocean K Rusby, scheduled to arrive on Monday night.

The NACC Argonaut was traveling upbound from Montreal to Oshawa, Canada on Lake Ontario.

The St Lawrence Seaway is co-managed by Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, a US federal agency within the US Department of Transportation (DoT), and non-profit corporation St Lawrence Seaway Management.

The waterway connects the Great Lakes region with the Atlantic Ocean and carries more than 200m tonnes of cargo every year.

The US DoT said that the Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp team was coordinating with its Canadian counterparts to address the incident.

The NACC Argonaut is reported as operated by NovaAlgoma, a joint venture between Nova Marine Carriers SA (Nova) based in Luxembourg and Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma) from Canada.

2003-built, Canada-flagged, 9,255 gt NACC Argonaut is owned by NACC Toronto Ltd care of manager NACC Shipping Canada Ltd of St Catharines, Ontario. ISM manager is Algoma Ship Tech Ltd of St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of NACC Toronto Ltd, As of September 26th the vessel remained aground.