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.