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REFLOATING THE MSC SABRINA

Double operation on the St. Lawrence

Trois-Rivières, 2008 – The MSC Sabrina, sailing under a Panamanian flag, arrives from France just as a storm breaks. Strong winds and poor visibility cause the ship to run aground on the muddy shoals of the St. Lawrence river off Trois-Rivières.

Four Ocean Group tugs are sent to the scene. After three unsuccessful attempts to refloat the vessel, it must be lightened. The tugs contribute to this operation by keeping MSC Sabrina and MSC Jasmine side by side to unload 8,000 tons of merchandise.

In the end, five tugs are needed to free the container ship from its predicament.

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