Ships Collide Head On In The Welland Canal

Canadian officials are investigating a collision between two general cargo vessels in the Welland Canal in southern Ontario.

The 138-meter, 12,744 dwt Alanis and the 136-meter, 14,001 dwt Florence Spirit collided Saturday while traveling opposite directions in the ship canal connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The ships are flagged in Antigua Barbuda and Canada repetitively.

No injuries or environmental impact have been reported, though videos and photos of the incident shared on social media show both vessels suffered damage as a result the collision.

At the time of the incident, Alanis was heading up the canal toward Duluth, Minn., with a load of wind turbine parts, while the Florence Spirit was heading down to Quebec with a load of coal, CBC reports. Both vessels have since moored in safe locations to await inspection.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said it has deployed a team to investigate the cause of the collision.

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