Monday, October 29, 2012

Seaway Pilots to Stop Operating Overnight

With Hurricane Sandy knocking on the door of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, river pilots will stop reporting to ships to take them on their journey.

Early this afternoon two ships already dropped anchor after making their way upriver. The ships were stopped just off Tibbetts Point.

According to Saint Lawrence Seaway Development spokesperson Vicki Garcia, both SLSDC and their Canadian counterparts are monitoring the path and possible effects of Hurricane Sandy closely.  "Adjustments to shipping will be made if warranted to ensure the safety of all."

Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring winds with gusts between 40 and as much as 80 miles per hour overnight. Wave height this afternoon on Lake Ontario was between 4 and 6 feet, but expected to rise to as much as 20 feet.

Stay tuned as we bring you more updates throughout the storm, both here and on Twitter at Twitter.com/theshipwatcher.

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