St. Lawrence Seaway opens

by Stormy Wylie
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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — The St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the Canadian and U.S. Great Lakes system to the Atlantic Ocean has reopened for shipping season. The Seaway spent more than U.S.$18 million during the winter months for maintenance.

The first ship this year passed through the last week of March. Although some shippers have expressed concern that low water levels in the Great Lakes Basin would force ships to lighten loads, Seaway officials said the water levels would not affect Seaway commerce until late summer — if at all.

The Seaway opened in 1959 and provides uninterrupted travel for nine months of the year from Thunder Bay, Ontario and Duluth, Minnesota, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.