Seaway sets date of opening for 2017 navigation season

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced that the opening of the 2017 navigation season is scheduled for March 20, 2017 for the Welland Canal as well as for the Montreal / Lake Ontario Section

As usual, vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.

In the Montreal / Lake Ontario Section, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26′ 3″) until the South Shore Canal is ice-free or April 15th, whichever occurs first, at which time, if water levels are favorable, the maximum draft will be increased to 80.8 dm (26′ 6″) for all vessels. In addition, there will be zero tolerance for ship’s draft in excess of 80.8 dm (26′ 6″).

In the Welland Canal, a maximum allowable draft of 80.8 dm (26′ 6″) will be in effect from the start of the navigation season for all vessels. In addition, there will be zero tolerance for vessel drafts in excess of 80.8 dm (26′ 6”).

Source: St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

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