Tanker freed but Morrisburg boat show continues as Chem Norma sits at anchor

The Chem Norma, photographed at anchor after being freed from a submerged berm along the Morrisburg waterfront. The view is from the Lakeshore Drive causeway near Steward Drive. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Raising the river did the trick: The Chem Norma was finally freed late this afternoon from the submerged berm that has kept a grip on her for the last six days.

But the spectacle isn’t quite over yet on the Morrisburg waterfront as the tanker now sits at anchor, further offshore than before but still dominating the scenery.

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board reports that river levels went up 40 cm today — accomplishing what three tugboats proved unable to achieve alone. The flow at the Cornwall dam was intentionally slowed to raise the level and unstick the ship from the remnants of old lock 23 late this afternoon.

An image of the freed tanker taken about 5:20 p.m. this evening, as seen from the Morrisburg Dock. The ongoing spectacle wasn’t over yet with the Chem Norma dropping anchor several boat lengths away from where she had been stuck. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


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