The St. Lawrence Seaway launches the 2022 navigation season

The St. Lawrence Seaway kicked off its 2022 navigation season on Tuesday, with international cargo ships able to arrive on the Montreal – Lake Ontario leg of the binational St. Lawrence Seaway.

“We are excited to begin the 2022 boating season,” said Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “This year, we are confident that the St. Lawrence Seaway will continue to be an important driver of economic development while providing solutions to the environmental and supply chain challenges faced by shippers around the world.

As winter turns to spring and the ice on the St. Lawrence River dissipates, the ports of the Montreal – Lake Ontario section are the first to open their docks for the 2022 season. The Welland Canal, which connects the lake Ontario and Lake Erie, is expected to open Thursday. On Friday, the US Army Corps of Engineers plans to open the Soo Locks, which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron in northern Michigan.

Great Lakes-Seaway shipping is the foundation of this vibrant economy. More than 140 million metric tons of commercial goods are transported on the waterway each year, providing transportation for the region’s manufacturing, mining, agricultural and energy sectors.

“The 2022 shipping season is already shaping up to be a strong year for the Port of Cleveland. We plan to build on the success we have achieved in 2021 as we continue to position Cleveland – and the Great Lakes – as a key cargo destination,” said David Gutheil, commercial director for the Port of Cleveland.

“Michigan’s Gateway Port will kick off 2022 with great pride as we begin construction of Michigan’s first shipping container terminal, slated to open in 2023,” said Port Director Paul LaMarre III. Port of Monroe. “We will also be taking delivery of our new Manitowoc 165 ton crawler crane and performing major dredging work with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Improving infrastructure is a theme across the United States, and we’re proud to say that we’re doing our part for the Great Lakes and the country right here in Monroe, Michigan.

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