Officials are investigating after a rare collision took place over the weekend. Two Ontario cargo ships were pulled out of commission after they collided in the Welland Canal. A video of the incident has appeared online and shows the moment the two boats crashed.
According to The Weather Network, both the Alanis and the Florence Spirit mysteriously collided near Port Robinson on July 11. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. However, both vessels did sustain significant damage.
Traffic was briefly halted along the canal following the incident, which connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. The waterway is considered to be a key for shipping on the Great Lakes.
The video almost looks like it's playing out in slow motion as the two ships slowly touch heads.
The two vessels were also in communication with each other during the entirety of the situation.
As dangerous as the event seemed, it's worth noting that Welland's fire department was not called to respond.
This is crazy. This just happened less than 2 hours ago. Two cargo ships collided in the #WellandCanal. @Welland… https://t.co/oHUyUGPqZA— Nathan Howes (@Nathan Howes) 1594502439.0
At the moment, it's unclear what could've caused the rare crash.
"It's a routine passage. It's an area that is common. Obviously, as witnessed by the public, there was an unfortunate incident that the two vessels collided," Jean Aubry-Morin, vice-president of external relations for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, told CBC.
I have had a number of inquiries, Welland Fire was not called to this incident. https://t.co/ndXTUo5l5k— Adam Eckhart (@Adam Eckhart) 1594519692.0
"We don't know if it's a mechanical failure of one of the vessels, most probably the Florence Spirit, or if it's a maneuver issue. At this point, it's too early to say."
"It's very unfortunate that this situation happened. We are curious to find what caused the situation."
However, this isn't the first time that ships in Ontario have made headlines.
A famous shipwreck in Niagara Falls was caught shifting for the first time in 101 years after a massive storm swept through Ontario back in October.