CHICAGO St. Lawrence
Seaway Management Corp. will begin closing the seaway to
navigation in stages for the winter season.
All vessels must be clear of the
Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the seaway by Dec. 29; the
Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, by
Dec. 30; and the Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal by Jan.
A number of ports east of the
seaways St. Lambert Lock, its most easterly lock, will
remain open to navigation during winter.
Northbound ships not otherwise
restricted will be accepted for transit through the
Montreal-Lake Ontario section at Cap St. Michel through Dec.
24. Southbound ships not otherwise restricted will be accepted
for transit through this same section at Cape Vincent, also
through Dec. 24.
After the closures, ships
traveling under special agreements will be restricted by size
and draft due to expected ice conditions.