Self-discharging bulk carrier Atlantic Erie, owned by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), that ran aground on Sunday afternoon, January 11th off Quebec has broken free, Community Radio Fund of Canada (CFIM) reported.
The 38,960 DWT bulker, loaded with salt, was en route to Magdalen Islands from Saint Jean Port when it grounded, according to Marine Traffic data.
In order to refloat the vessel, some 5,200 tons of the load had to be discharged and replaced by sewater.
Four tugs have been dispatched to the scene.
The refloating operation started at around 3pm local time during a high tide, according to Claude Dumais, CSL’s Vice President of Operations.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said on Monday it was deploying a team of investigators to the area to investigate the grounding.
No injuries or pollution have been reported.
There are 23 people on board the vessel.
Atlantic Erie has been anchored for inspection before it heads to Quebec, the CFIM informed.
World Maritime News Staff; Image: CSL