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  1. Rodger

    Rodger Senior Member

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    Early Monday morning the M/V Juno 623' X 78' from the Bahamas lost her engines and went a ground under the Thousand Island Bridge loaded with sugar heading for Toronto Ontario. The Seaway is now closed to navigation. Aground.jpg Juno.jpg Juno.jpg
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    Seldom would I say that someone who runs aground is lucky, but this captain was (although I suspect more skill than luck).
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    I thought pilotage was mandatory in the Seaway?
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    Pilotage doesn't matter if you don't have any engines
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    NYC gave credit to the Captain skill, if pilot was in charge then the praise was misplaced.
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    Captain / Pilot, whoever got that ship on the bank. The pilot knows the Seaway. The captain know his boat. I'm sure that both were happy the other was on the bridge. Assuming they got it there and not just the current, I'm sure they don't mind sharing the credit. They didn't hit the bridge or run through anyone's living room. That's the bottom line.
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    That is the reason why it is good seamanship to prepare your vessel for immediate anker lowering while in confined waters. Means, anker out of the hole and a man on the winch with a radio waiting for the command: "anker go". And it is compulsory for commercial ships (at least in European waters). Inland waterway commercial vessels for example have mandatory bow and stern anker for that reason in Europe.

    A pic from the good old days, when the masters still went down with her ships and did not have the first name Schettino :p.

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    That was my first thought... a bit of a pucker moment for whoever was in their kitchen sipping their coffee, watching the vessel drift towards their back porch! :eek:
  9. Rodger

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    When a ship has no power all they can do is drop anchor a hope for the best. The Juno has 17' of water in her fore peak and is hard aground on rocks, tugs are due to arrive around 15:00 hours today and seaway is still closed. When tugs arrive they want get her secured and start clearing up the ships that are waiting. I saw a ship lose her engine a few years ago in the Welland and she dragged her two anchors for about half a mile. Yes ships have pilots on board. Here are few more pictures of groundings last year in the river.
    Below are a few 0628ship3.jpg 140528-G-ZZ999-004.jpg montreal-que-march-31-2011-the-cargo-ship-bbc-steinho1.jpg
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    How did that get in? Is that an indication that loss of engines wasn't their only problem?
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    The latest report has the Juno taking on water and listing towards port.
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    Someone needs to get a webcam setup on this.
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    I'd imagine running aground tore open a largish hole and damaged a few water-tight bulkheads. What sort of heavy rescue/repair type vessels/equipment is available in that part of the Seaway?
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    4/22 - Collins Landing, N.Y. – 7:30 a.m. update - At 7:15 Wednesday the two Groupe Ocean tugs pulled Juno stern first down and out from under the 1000 Islands Bridge. They immediately went ahead and the ship is now under her own power up bound for the Carleton Island anchorage with the tugs escorting.

    Original report - Coast Guard officials are reviewing a plan to move the grounded Juno, which has been stranded under the Thousand Islands Bridge since early Monday morning.

    U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Christopher M. Yaw, based in Cleveland, said it was unclear when the vessel might be moved. “The main thing right now is making sure everything is done safely,” he said.

    Crews have spent the last day assessing the damage to the Juno, which grounded around 1 a.m. Monday as it carried sugar to Toronto. Around noon Tuesday, the Canadian tugboats Ocean Georgie Bain and Ocean Ross Gaudreault arrived at the scene to help move the ship.

    The grounding of the Juno has held up nearby shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Coast Guard said Tuesday afternoon seven vessels are waiting for the channel to re-open.

    The 621-foot bulk carrier, flagged in the Bahamas, is owned and operated by Polska Zeg Luga Morska P.P., a subsidiary of the O’Brien’s Group.

    The vessel is slightly listing to port with 18 feet of water in its forward peak, the Coast Guard said. No cargo or fuel was spilled into the waterway, and no crew injuries were reported.

    The cause of the grounding is still under investigation, Petty Officer Yaw said. Crews were still at the site as of about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, he said.

    Also aiding at the scene were officials from the Canadian Coast Guard, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Polsteam USA, Seaway Traffic, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Jefferson County.

    Watertown Daily Times,
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    ANOTHER SHIP AGROUND GREAT LAKES

    Mississagi aground in St. Marys River

    4/22 - The Coast Guard is responding to a 603-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.

    The Mississagi, with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario, when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay approximately 4 miles northeast of De Tour Village.

    There are no reported injuries to the crew and no reported pollution.

    At about 1:00 a.m., the vessel notified a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, that the carrier was hard aground on shoal water in the vicinity of De Tour Village.

    The Coast Guard responded with a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Sault Ste Marie as well as a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station St. Ignace, Michigan. At first light a helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flew over the vessel to confirm there was no pollution.

    The bow of the vessel is aground and the fuel tanks are located near the stern of the vessel.

    Vessel navigation in the St. Marys River is currently unimpeded.
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    Someone has their drone busy.

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    ANOTHER SHIP AGROUND Coast-Guard-responding-to-vessel-aground-in-St.-Marys-River.jpg
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    I remember from coming through the Saint Mary's last summer that it's a busy piece of water with a lot of commercial traffic. Think they missed the channel or were running too deep, or is the water level down?
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    Lake levels shouldn't be the issue... below is from the Corps of Engineers Detroit website as of 4/17

    "Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 7 and 18 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Lake St. Clair is 9 inches above last year’s level, and Lake Erie is just one inch above its level of a year ago. Lake Ontario is 11 inches below what it was at this time last year. Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are predicted to rise 3 inches over the next month. Lakes St. Clair and Erie are forecast to rise 4 inches, and Lake Ontario is expected to rise 9 inches over the coming month."

    Also, all levels are above the long term monthly averages for April with the exception of Lake Ontario being 10" low.
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    Guess that leaves Whoops.

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