The St. Lawrence Seaway is officially open for shipping.
Today, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced the 54th navigation season opening.
Canadian and international carriers are in the process of building new vessels, with some scheduled to begin transiting Seaway waters in 2012.
Collister Johnson Jr., Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, noted that with carriers investing hundreds of millions of dollars in fleet renewal, the Seaway system’s future is bright. “Marine transportation is already the most energy efficient means of moving cargo, and these new vessels will increase energy efficiency by up to 40% in addition to offering leading edge emissions performance,” said Johnson.
In Clayton, the The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation’s tugboats are expected to dock Thursday afternoon and remain in the region over the next few days to work on returning channel markers.
“The Seaway and Village of Clayton have a wonderful ongoing partnership that allows these vessels to utilize the Thousand Islands Regional Dock whenever they are in the region,” said Clayton Mayor Norma Zimmer. “The crew aboard the tugs are always happy to arrive in Clayton and we are always happy to have them.”
A recently published economic impact study, commissioned by Marine Delivers, demonstrates the significant role that the Great Lakes / Seaway system plays in supporting the Canadian and U.S. economies. Some 227,000 jobs and $34 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes / Seaway waterway.