Operators of Cruise Ship that Stops at Clayton Files For Bankruptcy

by San Antonio Attorney

Colorado-based Haimark Line Ltd, operators of the MS Saint Laurent recently filed for Chapter 11 protection  last Oct. 30 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Hans Rood, Haimark Line’s president revealed that the scheduled trips of Saint Laurent, the company’s sole ship, have been cancelled until further notice.  The cancellation of trips will include scheduled trips until December 11.

The route of the ship cruises through the St.  Lawrence Seaway region in the summer and also covers cruises to Caribbean, North America and South America in the winter.

The ship was set to make 11 stops to Clayton this year.

However, the company was not operational for a month after the ship struck a concrete knee wall on the west gate located at the Eisenhower Lock in Massen last June 18.

The ship carried 274 people, which consisted of passengers and crew members.  Nineteen passengers and three crew members were transported to the Massena Memorial Hospital and two more passengers were sent to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

The company released an official statement that their bankruptcy filing was related to the accident in Massena.  The company added that it also suffered from unresolved insurance issues, according to USA Today.

The company is in high hopes that they will resume operations for Saint Laurent as soon as they resolve their bankruptcy issues.

The ship is set to make a trip on May 24 from Montreal to Chicago.  A return trip from Chicago will commence on June 2.

Saint Laurent was scheduled to dock in Ogdensburg through its Seaway trips.  The company chose to dock in the Thousand Islands Regional Dock instead after suffering problems with U.S.  Coast Guard security regulations.  This is in addition to another issue of docking at the Dobinsky Visitors Center in Ogdensburg.

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