Potential flight locks closures for HFM construction at Welland Canal
The construction of Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) in the west flight locks is nearing completion. Originally, some of the work was to be planned around shipping. However, this work has experienced delays due to the increased volume of traffic seen in Niagara since opening and, as a result, the construction is in danger of missing deadlines.
Over the next few weeks, vessels may experience some delays of one to two hours due to this required construction within the flight locks. As always, we will endeavour to keep these delays to a minimum. Depending on traffic patterns, it may be necessary to interrupt the operation of the flight locks and force some four- to six-hour closures.
Vessels will be provided a 24-hour advance notice of any full closure of this nature via a major delay email notification. It is expected that HFM will be fully operational on both sides of the flight locks within the next two to three months. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this construction period.