Shipping traffic resumes after grounded freighter forced closure of St. Lawrence Seaway

Shipping traffic is back to normal on the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York after being shut down for more than two days by a grounded freighter.

Shipping traffic had been suspended along a stretch of the Seaway by the 656-foot craft, which ran aground Tuesday afternoon after losing its steering in U.S. waters near the Thousand Islands Bridge in the Jefferson County town of Orleans.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the Federal Kivalina was removed by a contracted salvage crew and two tugs from Montreal, and the Seaway reopened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard investigators from Massena, New York, are investigating what caused the mishap.

The freighter was carrying 23,000 metric tons of canola seeds.