22 Injured after MS Saint Laurent collided in lock

By ,   June 21, 2015 ,   Accidents

MS Saint Laurent ship collided with the concrete wall bumper of Eisenhower Lock on Saint Lawrence Seaway, June 18 (Thursday night). 19 passengers and 3 crew members were injured.

The accident took place at Eisenhower Lock's westbound door, close to Massena, New York, around 9:15 p.m. According to the representative of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Ninth District, John Masson, the Coast Guard had been alerted at 9:45 p.m. First responders had evacuated 27 passengers and 3 crew members using aerial ladders and cranes. At the time of accident the ship was carrying 274 people.

The 284-foot ship is managed by FleetPro (based in Miami, FL) and was on her way from Montreal to Toronto. Most of the 192 travelers were of French and Swiss nationality. FleetPro reported that the ship was in a safe condition with fully functional services. A doctor remained onboard with the passengers. 

The evacuated people were taken to Massena Memorial Hospital. 19 passengers and 3 crew members were treated for injuries there. The hospital reported that 17 had been released by 2 a.m., and two had been transported by ambulance in Burlington to the University of Vermont Medical Center (Fletcher Allen).

Recently, ms Saint Laurent celebrated her inaugural voyage under Haimark Line, which departed May 30 out of Montreal and arrived in Portland on June 8. Haimark invested $3.5 million for 2015 refurbishment, mostly including interior decor, and changed the name of the cruise ship from Cape May Light. MS Saint Laurent has five decks and 103 staterooms; she is 50 feet wide and can sail up to 12 knots.

At the time she struck the 80-feet-wide lock, Saint Laurent was being chartered by the based in France operator Rivages du Monde under captain Jens Hoybe's command. The next voyage of MS Saint Laurent is scheduled for July 5, but it is not announced yet whether the accident will interrupt the upcoming sailing.

Navigation in Saint Lawrence Seaway was suspended until further notice, which caused the delay of 7 commercial ships.