St. Lawrence Seaway opens 59th navigation season

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) joined with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to mark the opening of the Seaway’s 59th navigation season.

The official opening ceremony of the binational waterway took place at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal yesterday with Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau attending as honored guest and SLSMC President and CEO Terence Bowles and SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook addressing the gathering.

“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a tremendous asset that provides a safe and efficient means of moving cargo worldwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “As the 59th Seaway navigation season gets underway, we recognize the importance of commercial maritime navigation to our nation’s economy.”

The season’s first ship to transit, the CSL St-Laurent, is upbound into the Seaway System, on its way to pick up a load of grain.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a “marine highway” that extends some 3,700 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Approximately 160 million tonnes of cargo travels over the System on an annual basis.

Source: SLSDC

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