Closure dates set for transiting Great Lakes/Seaway locks

As the 2017 season draws to a close, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has released the following details:

Montreal-Lake Ontario Section

  • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24.
  • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.
  • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section at 12:00 hours on December 31.

Welland Canal

  • The Welland Canal will remain open until 23:59 hours on December 26.
  • Any transits of the Welland Canal after 23:59 hours, December 26, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at the St. Catharines office.
  • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Welland Canal at 12:00 hours on December 31.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal (United States)
Closing of the Sault Ste. Marie Locks is currently scheduled for January 15. Please note the Notice to Navigation Interests released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further information.

Ports East of Montreal
Vessel owners and operators are advised that there are a number of ports east of the Seaway (St. Lambert Lock) on the St. Lawrence River that remain open to navigation.

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