Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway for the 2022 navigation season
MASSENA, NY (WWTI) – A sign of spring hit the St. Lawrence Seaway this morning.
As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, the Montreal and Lake Ontario section of the Seaway was open to vessels for the 2022 navigation season.
This portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway is a binational waterway and includes the entire St. Lawrence River. It is also part of the larger Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, Minnesota.
However, according to Seaway Vessel Observer NetworkThe Seaway had its first commercial ship a day before the scheduled opening as CSL Ships’ CSL Welland sailed up and was escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker Martha Black.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 22, the Network reported several vessels in the open portion of the Seaway. This included the ship Atlantic Spirit approaching the lock at Saint-Lambert and CSL Welland at Beauharnois.
Prior to this portion of the waterway opening, icebreaking efforts were conducted by the Canadian Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Great Lakes-St. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Efforts began March 18 throughout the St. Lawrence River. The ice booms were also removed during this period.
March 22 continues to be the Seaway’s first opening date since 2008. The Seaway has previously opened on this date in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2021. The last opening date since 20018 was April 2, 2015.
The Seaway’s Welland Canal will open at 8 a.m. on March 24 and the Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals will open on Friday, March 25.