CHICAGO The St. Lawrence Seaways 55th navigation season opened March 22 as Canada Steamship Lines Inc.s new cargo vessel Baie St. Paul moved through the St. Lambert Lock.
"Seaway tonnage is forecast to exceed a total of 40 million tonnes for the year," Terence Bowles, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Last years tonnage totaled 39 million tonnes.
"The resurgence of manufacturing in North America is fueling demand for both traditional and new Seaway cargoes, having positive implications for Great Lakes shipping," according to Craig Middlebrook, acting administrator of U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
"Just as the private sector is investing in new vessels and new engines, public sector investments in lock rehabilitation, port infrastructure and new navigation technologies are laying the foundation for sustained future growth," he said.