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U.S and Canada opens the Seaway Navigation Season.

On march 20, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation officially opened the Seaway’s 59th navigation season.

The binational waterway opening ceremony took place at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal.

In attendance was the Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, SLSMC President and CEO Terence Bowles and SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook.

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While addresing the gathering, SLSDC Deputy Administrator Middlebrook said, “The ability of the Seaway to accommodate and encourage increases in maritime cargo rests first and foremost on its ability to move ships safely and reliably. By that standard, the Seaway’s record is remarkable as evidenced by a steady reduction in vessel incidents over the last 20 years. Last year was one of the safest navigation seasons on record. Combined with a lock availability rate of nearly 100 percent over the last 10 years, the safety, reliability, and performance record of the Seaway System is second to none and gives our customers the confidence to know that we can meet their transportation needs.”

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said. “The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a tremendous asset that provides a safe and efficient means of moving cargo worldwide,” he added saying “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. Over 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by movement of various cargoes on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Source : marinelink
Photo credit: U.S department of transportation

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