Bulk Carrier Hits Accompanying Icebreaker in Canada
At about 10:30 AM on Saturday, a bulk carrier, FEDERAL CRIMSON, hit the stern of its ice breaker that was clearing its way on the St. Lawrence river. This forced the waterway to be closed for a short time.
The accident occurred near Quebec City, specifically near Sainte-Foy, near the bridges connecting Quebec City and the south shore. The bulker FEDERAL CRIMSON was escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, the PIERRE RADISSON, when the bulk carrier closed in on the Ice breaker and hit its stern, denting the hull plating. Marie-Eve-Caron, the Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson, stated that the Ice breaker is indeed damaged. Still, the vessel is not taking on water, and there has been no pollution resulting from the incident. She also added that there was no one injured in the accident.
The cause for the collision has not been released, and Transport Canada will be initiating an investigation into the matter. Following the event, the FEDERAL CRIMSON was moored near Trois-Rivieres, while the Ice breaker was taken to St. Nicolas and later returned to the Port of Quebec City for repairs. Another Coast Guard Icebreaker, Des Grosielliers, will assume the duties of the Pierre Radisson.
The PIERRE RADISSON incident was the second incident of a major vessel of the Canadian Coast Guard going out of service in a week. Last week the oceanographic research vessel CCGS Hudson had to take an unplanned retirement after the ship reported mechanical failure, which led to her early retirement without replacement.