Canadian Coast Guard Notice: Tug Boat Recovery Resuming Tuesday, July 28th

Ohiarihko:wa / July 27, 2015

The Canadian Coast Guard wishes to advise the public that the operation to recover fuel oil from two sunken tug boats on the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall Ontario will resume tomorrow, July 28 2015, and is expected to take two days to complete.

Earlier this month, the salvor chose to temporarily suspend lightering operations to ensure salvage crew safety.  Lightering is the process of removing oil or other hazardous chemicals from a compromised vessel to another vessel to prevent oil from spilling into the surrounding waters. 

In instances of ship-source or mystery spills, the Canadian Coast Guard leads the coordination of the environmental response.  The Coast Guard along with the commercial oil spill response company ECRC, the owners of the vessels, salvage crews and police continue to ensure safety at the site and protection of the marine environment.

Officials from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, City of Cornwall, Township of South Glengarry, Eastern Ontario Public Health Unit, along with federal and provincial agencies are actively involved and taking measures to ensure public safety.  

For more information on a water advisory issued by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne please visit:  http://www.akwesasne.ca/node/666.  For more information on a water advisory issued by the Eastern Ontario Public Health Unit, specifically for residents of South Glengarry who draw their water directly from the River, please visit:

http://www.southglengarry.com/en/news/index.aspx?newsId=a344094e-ea2b-49....

Two Notices to Shipping concerning the oil recovery and salvage activity have been issued by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The latest safety notice to shipping states that salvage operations are taking place in the Cornwall Channel by the Three Nations Bridge.  A safety zone has been established in the channel from the bridge to approximately 300 metres downstream.  Vessels are not permitted to enter, transit or anchor within this zone until operations are complete.

This notice is being broadcast by the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre in Prescott, and is also available on the CCG’s website.

Any sightings of soiled wildlife along the St. Lawrence River, Cornwall area, should be reported.  A wildlife reporting hotline has been established and the number is (519) 583-1080.  Collect calls are accepted.