Orleans, N.Y. - Shipping traffic remains suspended along a stretch of the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York as salvage efforts get underway for a grounded freighter.
The U.S. Coast Guard says a dive team conducted an underwater hull inspection on the 650-foot Federal Kivalina and determined it had run aground after losing its steering Tuesday afternoon in U.S. waters near the Thousand Islands Bridge at Collins Landing in the Jefferson County town of Orleans.
The captain had the crew drop three anchors to stop the drifting ship. No one was injured and no pollution was reported from the vessel.
The Coast Guard says a contracted salvage team will develop a plan for freeing the freighter, which is hauling 23,000 metric tons of canola seeds.
Shipping along that stretch of the Seaway is suspended until the freighter is removed.