U.S Portion of Seaway Finally Closes For SeasonPosted: Updated:
The U.S. portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway is now officially closed for the 2017 navigation season - a little more than a week after it was supposed to close.
The Seaway Development Corporation reported Tuesday that all commercial vessels have cleared the U.S. locks for the navigation season.
The seaway was supposed to close for the winter on December 31. The "Federal Biscay," a ship which became stuck in ice near Massena in the Snell Lock, delayed the closure until Tuesday.
The "Federal Biscay," a bulk carrier hauling soy beans, was freed from the ice Sunday and is on its way toward Montreal. High-pressurized steam was the main tool used to free the ship, though several tug boats were also deployed.
The freighter prevented four other ships from passing through Snell Lock.
As of Tuesday morning, the lock has been cleared of all vessels as the "Federal Biscay" and "Pacific Huron" left the area.
Once all the vessels have departed the Canadian sector of the seaway through the Canadian St. Lambert Lock, the entire Montreal/Lake Ontario section of the seaway will be closed for the season.
- The above photo is courtesy of SeawayNNY and Suzy Austin@SeawayNNY