Great Lakes - St Lawrence Seaway - M/V Saint Laurent

kewl dude
21st June 2015, 06:50


22 hurt when cruise ship crashes at upstate NY seaway lock

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) A cruise ship taking European tourists to Ontario, Canada, crashed into a wall while entering a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York, injuring 19 passengers and three crew members, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the 286-foot Saint Laurent was headed from Montreal to Toronto when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border, shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. There were 273 people on board, including 81 crew members and 192 passengers who are mainly French and Swiss nationals.

The ship's operator, Miami-based FleetPro, said 19 passengers and three crew members were treated at Massena Memorial Hospital and released. The company said all the injuries were minor.

The Saint Laurent was entering the lock when it struck an approach wall bumper, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin of the Coast Guard's Cleveland-based Ninth District, which covers the St. Lawrence River and the seaway. The impact punched a hole in the ship's hull, causing it to take on water, she said.

The lock's doors were closed and the water drained out so the boat wouldn't sink, Laughlin said. A salvage crew and Coast Guard team were assessing the damage Friday to determine how best to move the vessel, she said.

The Washington, D.C.-based Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. said the ship is stable and the uninjured passengers remained on board overnight. The agency that operates the international shipping route said seven commercial vessels are backed up in the seaway because of the accident. There was no immediate estimate on when the lock would reopen.

FleetPro, formerly International Shipping Partners, said all shipboard services are fully functional for passengers. The company said the ship was a day into a 10-day roundtrip excursion out of Montreal, with stops in between, when the accident occurred.

The passengers were disembarking the ship at the lock Friday afternoon and put on buses that would take them back to Montreal. The company said it didn't know yet if the trip to Toronto would be resumed.

The Saint Laurent is owned by Nassau, Bahamas-based Adventurer Owner Ltd.

The crash remains under investigation.


Attached five Eisenhower lock pictures I have on my machine.

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From personal experience I must say that standing on the deck of your giant ship floating in this big bathtub known as a lock. Watching motor vehicles on a highway below zooming into or out of the tunnel beneath the lock, made it feel like I was riding a bath tub toy.

Greg Hayden
Vista - San Diego area - California

22nd June 2015, 18:09
Thanks for your post and photos Greg. What is a bumper, is it what we call a fender?. Whatever you call it it certainly made a hole in her. I have been through those locks quite a few times when I sailed with Manchester Liners when the Seaway opened in 1959 into the 60's.

22nd June 2015, 23:21
Must have been going rather fast to do that sort of damage.
Bet the Pilot and Captain will have a great deal of questions to answer.
The cruise boat must have been upbound for this to happen. If she was heading to an Ontario port that would be the correct.
I believe she is to head back down the Seaway for repairs.

Trevor Clements
29th June 2015, 18:14
Not a good time to put an important waterway out of action, for however long it takes. I often wondered what would happen if a ship crashed through the top gate of the triples on the Welland Canal.

29th June 2015, 21:27
Not a good time to put an important waterway out of action, for however long it takes. I often wondered what would happen if a ship crashed through the top gate of the triples on the Welland Canal.

Used to have nightmares about that but to hit the lock gates would be a nearly impossible event.
There is a very thick wire which is attached to hydraulic rams similar to that on an aircraft carrier which, if a boat does go that far slows it down before it reaches the gate.
It for whatever reason is called a fender.
Once a boat is secured in the lock it is lifted out of the way before departing.
To hit the lock gate when upbound is impossible as there is a concrete sill which is covered when the lock is filled and with clearance for the boat to clear it.

6th September 2015, 16:32
defenatly going to fast on approach...guess the ntsb & transpo canada will go through this one....