Shipping tugboat assistance suspended in Iroquois

In this July 2015, file photo, a tugboat sits docked at the Cornwall Harbour. The seaway has suspended tugboat assistance for ships heading into the Iroquois Lock, another sign of gradual improvement in water flow along the St. Lawrence River. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston, File)

IROQUOIS – There’s another sign conditions on the St. Lawrence River are gradually improving from record high water.

The St. Lawrence Seaway suspended tugboat assistance for ships approaching the Iroquois Lock as of this morning (10 a.m. Friday).

The tug had been available for nearly two months (since June 14) and had been the second time this shipping season the help for boats navigating the waterway had been in place.

On Tuesday, the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board lowered the outflows at the Moses-Saunders Dam in Cornwall to 9,910 cubic meters (349,970 cubic feet) per second, from a record 10,400 cubic meters (367,300 cubic feet) per second.

Still, water levels along the seaway are well above normal for this time of year.