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Photographer:Magogman [View profile]Title:Spar OpalAdded:Nov 30, 2006
Photo Category: Casualties
The Spar Opal lies aground at the upper entrance to the Iroquois Lock on the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. Photo from the New York, U.S.A. shore of the Seaway. According to accounts posted on at 8:40pm on Monday, Nov 27 the Spar Opal lost power on its approach to the Iroquois Lock. Although its anchors were dropped the strong current pushed the bulker aground. By a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances another salt water vessel, the Golden Eye, also became grounded near the downstream entrance to the lock. The ship was eventually freed by Thurs Nov 30 by tugs. I came across the Spar Opal by pure chance -- I was driving from my summer cottage in Vermont (yes, I know it is not summer anymore!) and had overnighted in Massina, New York so I could drive along the St. Lawrence in the morning and then drive 700 miles to Ohio during the rest of the day. I thought it strange that the Spar Opal was anchored where it was and also strange that it was not facing into the wind and the current which at this time were from the same direction. When I saw the vessel I pulled off the highway and took a few photos then continued my journey, congratulating myself on my good fortune of seeing the ship. This morning, Nov 30, I consulted the boatnerd website before going to work and found out why the Spar Opal wahs in such a strange location. The Spar Opal is no stranger to the Great Lakes. Owned by Spar Shipping AS of Bergen, Norway, the Spar Opal is chartered to Fednav Ltd of Montreal which has a major presence in the Great Lakes. Again, both photos and a description of the groundings are posted on Click on the "News Channel" section and scroll down. Also, the U.S. Border Patrol was paying special attention to the ship --- their helicopter patrol kept circling the vessel while I was taking photos but I could not get the helicopter in the same photo with the ship.
Vessel Identification
Name:Princess Nicole
Former name(s):
- Arwad Princess (Until 2015 Feb)
- Pangorgo (Until 2012 Mar)
- African Challenger (Until 2010 Dec)
- Spar Opal (Until 2009 Jul)
- Matane (Until 1997 Feb)
- Federal Matane (Until 1997 Jan)
- Consensus Atlantic (Until 1992 Mar)
- Lake Shidaka (Until 1991 Nov)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:16,861 tons
Summer DWT:28,215 tons
Length:167 m
Beam:23 m
Draught:7.8 m

Additional Information
Home port:Belize City
Class society:Det Norske Veritas
Build year:1984
AIS Information
Last known position:
46°50’44.82” N, 31°58’13.32” E
Speed, course (heading):
0kts, 28° (31°)
Arrival:8th Dec 2021
06:00:01 UTC
Last update:
27 seconds ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 November 10th, 15:00:02 UTCOdessa
2018 August 29th, 18:00:34 UTCKherson
2018 August 13th, 14:00:01 UTCKherson
2018 August 7th, 20:00:15 UTCOdesa
2018 August 5th, 13:00:29 UTCMykolaiv
2018 July 28th, 19:00:38 UTCOdesa
2018 July 17th, 11:30:37 UTCKherson
2018 June 5th, 16:00:59 UTCNikolaev
2018 May 14th, 13:00:45 UTCNikolaev
2018 May 8th, 14:00:52 UTCOdessa
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Tom Turner on Jul 04, 2007 09:43 (14 years ago)
Great catch documenting this incident.

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