St. Lawrence Seaway Begins Shipping Season

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The St. Lawrence Seaway officially began its 55th navigation season on Friday.

The Canada Steamship Lines' newly built Baie St. Paul passed through the St. Lambert Lock in Quebec.

The vessel is the first in a series of ships being constructed specifically for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Officials believe more than 40 metric tons of cargo will be transported through the seaway this year.

Craig Middlebrook, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, said, "The resurgence of manufacturing in North America is fueling demand for both traditional and new Seaway cargoes, having positive implications for Great Lakes shipping. Just as the private sector is investing in new vessels and new engines, public sector investments in lock rehabilitation, port infrastructure, and new navigation technologies are laying the foundation for sustained future growth."

More than 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes-Seaway System.

See news release

Monday, July 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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