65th Navigation Season Opens on the St. Lawrence Seaway

March 22, 2023
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Shipping traffic is back afloat for the 65th navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

St. Lawrence Seaway Cornwall Ontario

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital link in the North American supply chain, supporting industries, creating jobs and assisting with sustainable development”, said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC). “With its advanced technology, the Seaway provides a reliable transportation route for ships transiting the system carrying a wide range of commodities required by citizens on a daily basis. A few examples are grains for breads and pasta; iron ore and coal for steel used in vehicles and appliances; and cement for bridges and roads. We look forward to greater use of this marine corridor, and are optimistic about a strong start to the navigation season.”

New technologies, an exceptional reliability record and significant investments in infrastructure the binational waterway which is operated by SLSMC in partnership with the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS).

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is a critical, binational link that brings the North American supply chain together. This 65th navigation season, we celebrate the rich history of the Seaway and its importance to the Canadian economy and good, middle class jobs. We will continue to support a safe, secure, and efficient St. Lawrence Seaway , said Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport.

The SLSMC and GLS are proud to be part of the marine industry’s joint undertaking to establish a green shipping corridor as announced by the Canadian and U.S. governments at the United Nations 27th conference on climate change (COP 27).

“An important contribution to this effort is the Voyage Information System (VIS), a digital tool that will leverage data to help ship transits on the Seaway be more energy-efficient. In addition, the Seaway will continue to support partners’ efforts to test and develop new fuels and technologies and build on its own substantial greenhouse gas reductions initiatives, including Hands-Free Mooring (HFM), hydroelectric generation and more electric-powered equipment,” said Bowles. “We are excited about the new economic and environmental opportunities that the Green Shipping Corridor will bring.”

Quick Facts

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system is a “marine highway” that extends 3,700 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Shipping through the Seaway supports over 329,000 jobs and $59 billion in economic activity in Canada and the United States. Binational marketing development efforts, including the “HwyH2O” initiative, aim to enhance Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System utilization and increase marine cargo shipping.

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About the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation by the Government of Canada, Seaway users and other key stakeholders. In accordance with provisions of the Canada Marine Act, the Corporation manages and operates the Canadian assets of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which remain the property of the Government of Canada, under a long-term agreement with Transport Canada.

About the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS), an operating administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is a wholly-owned government corporation created to construct, operate, and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States.

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