Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ship Carrying Chemicals Runs Aground

A ship carrying toxic and flammable chemicals ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal and was towed to safety. Local news reported that the Sichem Aneline was carrying highly toxic benzene and flammable hydrocarbon to Philadelphia when it ran aground near the eastern tip of Montreal Island.
Sichem Aneline
The ship wasn't damaged and no chemicals leaked into the river, but crews had to figure out how to dislodge the ship and tow it to port. "These ships are specifically designed to prevent spills, so there is very little danger," Transport Canada spokesperson Francois-Nicolas Asselin said.

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