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Media Advisory - Final Update on Seaway Closing (January 12, 2018)

January 12, 2018 -

Last evening, January 11, 2018, the binational Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway officially closed for the 2017 navigation season. The last remaining commercial ocean vessel in the Seaway System, the downbound (eastbound) Federal Biscay, safely transited the Canadian St. Lambert Lock in Montreal and exited the Seaway. The U.S. sector of the Seaway closed on January 9 with the downbound transit of the Pacific Huron through the Snell Lock at 7:26 am. This completes the binational waterway’s 59th navigation season.

Media Advisory - Update on Seaway Closing (January 6, 2018)

January 6, 2018 -

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) reports that the vessel Federal Biscay has been safely and successfully freed from the U.S. Snell Lock, where it had been immobilized in ice for the
past several days. After a major effort over the past 24 hours to melt the ice around the vessel using pressurized steam, the vessel exited the lock earlier this afternoon with tug assistance. The vessel is now tied up along the upper approach wall to the lock.

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments up 3 percent

On September 4, 2014, the American Great Lakes Port Association (AGLPA) announced that that year-to-date cargo shipments of more than 20 million metric tons moved through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System for the period March 28 to August 31 – an increase of 3 percent over August 2013. U.S. grain was up for the first time this shipping season posting 13.3 percent in the positive number column.

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