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The crew of Coast Guard Cutter <em>Neah Bay</em>, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the <em>CSL Laurentien</em> moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG

Relentless winter's ice delays St. Lawrence River shipping

Three U.S. Coast Guard cutter vessels are to help with annual ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay's harbour on Lake Superior--the far end of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Canadian Coast Guard crews and their icebreakers are leading the effort after the harsh winter produced what are being called "unusually heavy and persistent" ice conditions.

The annual opening of the Seaway is one of the signs of spring in the North Country. But as with pretty much everything this year, winter is still having its way with the calendar.

The Seaway is holding its opening ceremony to welcome commercial ship traffic between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean this morning near Buffalo. But it's had to delay the opening of the St. Lawrence River part of the Seaway for three days until Monday due to ice.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to discuss the annual debate over the Seaway's opening date.  Go to full article

Mohawks Have Say in Ice Breaking

Akwesasne Mohawks will now have a say in when the St. Lawrence Seaway opens for shipping in the spring. An agreement announced Thursday ends a two year-old lawsuit over ice breaking on the St. Lawrence River. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Delays Icy Navigation Vote

The St. Lawrence County legislature last night tabled a resolution to call on the St. Lawrence Seaway to open later. It was a carbon copy of a resolution passed in Jefferson County. Seaway critics say icy conditions in late March are bad for the environment and would be dangerous if there were an oil spill. The Seaway's top administrator said those concerns are based on incomplete information and bad science. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

How to keep the Seaway Safe and Competitive

The head of the agency that runs the St. Lawrence Seaway says changes will have to be made to keep the Seaway safe and competitive. They could include rebuilding the locks and dredging deeper channels. But the agency has no plans for year-round navigation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Opponents of Seaway Winter Navigation and Channel Enlargement Gear Up

St. Lawrence River environmentalists are gearing up to oppose changes to the Seaway that could include deeper channels and year-round shipping. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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