04/22/2014 12:42 EDT | Updated 06/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Chemical tanker Halit Bey runs aground in St. Lawrence

A tanker ship carrying chemical products ran aground on the St. Lawrence River early Tuesday morning.

The 160-metre Halit Bey was en route to Trois-Rivières, Que., from Germany when it hit the ground just outside Grondines, a small community about 60 kilometres southwest of Quebec City.

Transportation Safety Board official Julie Leroux said a team of three investigators was dispatched to the site of the incident. She said it was too early to say whether the tanker was leaking its contents — an organic compound called urea used in fertilizers and as a raw material in the chemical industry.

Tugboats were sent to help tow the ship to safety once the high tide rolls in.

Halit Bey is from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.