Groupe Desgagnes' tanker THALASSA DESGAGNES arrived in Erie at 0630 this morning and was put into drydock at Donjon Shipbuilding. The vessel is in for unspecified repairs after spending several days moored in the Welland Canal for repairs. It is unknown at this time how long the DESGAGNES is expected to be in drydock.
The 1976-built THALASSA DESGAGNES is the first Desgagnes tanker to ever visit the port of Erie. Desgagnes' general cargo ships, such as CATHERINE DESGAGNES, frequently loaded pig iron here in the 1990s, and more recently SEDNA DESGAGNES visited to load refinery components for Korea in 2009. Ironically, SEDNA DESGAGNES went aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway last night, while upbound with steel products for Chicago, and may require drydocking for repairs.
I will update when I learn more about the THALASSA's visit. THALASSA also is the first tanker to ever be drydocked in Erie.
THALASSA DESGAGNES in drydock this afternoon.
THALASSA DESGAGNES downbound in the Welland Canal below Lock 2 on September 17.
Stern view of the tanker.