FEDNAV’s bulk carrier frozen in Snell Lock, St. Lawrence Update Freed

Jan 7 Update:
A ship that had been stuck in the ice near Snell Lock in Massena since Tuesday was finally able to free itself Jan 6 with some help from others.
“The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) reports that the vessel Federal Biscay has been safely and successfully freed from the U.S. Snell Lock, where it had been immobilized in ice for the past several days. After a major effort over the past 24 hours to melt the ice around the vessel using pressurized steam, the vessel exited the lock earlier this afternoon with tug assistance,” SLSDC officials said in a media release.
Seaway officials said high-pressurized steam was the primary method used to melt the ice surrounding the vessel.
They said the vessel is now tied up along the upper approach wall to the lock.

Bulk carrier FEDERAL BISCAY stuck in frozen Snell Lock, Massena Canada, St. Lawrence river, on Jan 2, unable to break free even with the help of two tugs. As of 0430 UTC Jan 3, bulk carrier was in the same position, with tugs outside the lock. FEDERAL BISCAY is en route from Port Weller Canada to Montreal.
Bulk carrier FEDERAL BISCAY, IMO 9697856, dwt 34564, built 2015, flag Marshall Islands, manager FEDNAV LTD.





Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.