January 17, 2017
The St. Lawrence Seaway closed on December 31, after a navigation season of 286 days which began on March 21. The performance ties the record first established in 2008 and matched in 2013 for the longest navigation season.
Seaway management reports that a total of 35 million tonnes of cargo transited the Seaway's locks in 2016. Grain movements posted a strong performance for a third consecutive season, contributing 11 million tonnes of the total and continuing to track well above the five-year average.
For the 2016 navigation season, the last vessel to transit the Seaway's Montreal / Lake Ontario section was the G3 Marquis which cleared the Iroquois Lock on December 29 at 6:18 PM, heading for Lake Ontario.
The last vessel to transit the Seaway's Welland Canal was the Algolake, which departed Lock 8(Port Colborne) at 8:03 PM on December 30 heading for Lake Erie.