Final Seaway surge expected before shipping season ends

The St. Lawrence Seaway is expecting a strong finish to the shipping season as freighters deliver critical raw materials and exports for North America’s industrial and agricultural sectors before the waterway closes December 31.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo shipments reached 30.3 million metric tons for the period from March 21 to November 30. In December, dozens of ships were still in the navigation system.

“Given current temperatures and ice conditions, we’re expecting a smooth closing of the Seaway at the end of December. In these final weeks, the waterway will be a busy export corridor for the U.S. mid-west, Canadian Prairie and Ontario harvests, as well as a conduit for iron ore, road salt and other raw materials for manufacturers and cities to stockpile for the winter,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

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