Monday, December 30, 2013

Seaway Season to be Extended

Update 2:15pm Jan 1 - More than 38 hours after the Seaway was to close, the final vessels made their way through St Lambert Lock. CCG Martha Black was expected to be the final vessel through the lock before 3pm. Orsula cleared the lock in the one o'clock hour.

The locks will be officially closed for the season.

Tug Evans McKeil is currently crossing Lk Ontario with the wheat cargo from Orsula. The tug will dock in Hamilton and then the cargo with be trucked to Montreal.

Update 9:30pm - 2 ships (Cedarglen and Mapleglen) sit in the South Shore Canal unable to proceed downbound due to ice. Redhead cleared earlier this evening.

In addition,  Orsula and tug Salvor have made it to Beauharnois Lock, but now must wait for the other ships to begin moving again. They will proceed slowly toward the canal.

A tug is in the canal breaking ice and clearing lock walls at this time.

The Seaway has been open for more than 21 additional hours after closing deadline at this point.

Update 8am Dec 31 - Orsula remains at Wilson Hill awaiting Algoma Equinox to clear the US locks.

All anchored ships at Pte Fortier have moved and are proceeding downbound in the South Shore Canal headed for St Lambert.

The Seaway likely won't be cleared of ships passing through the locks until late tonight, a full day after the original closing date.

Original Report - A source close to the Seaway situation has told The Ship Watcher that ships remain at anchor, but will be permitted to move later tonight in 2 hour intervals, which will push the closing past the original 11:59p deadline.

Algoma Equinox is upbound and once clear of the anchored ships, they will begin to proceed one at a time.

In addition, Orsula remains at Wilson Hill and is unable to move to the next anchorage due to space availability. Orsula will likely move again before 9p.

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