Seaway’s 60th season underway

In this supplied photo, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation celebrates its 60th anniversary as the Federal Kumano heads through the locks in St. Lambert, Que. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The corporation is hoping grain shipments this year will boost the amount of cargo shipped on the seaway. (Thierry du Bois/Cosmos Image/St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation via Newswatch Group)

ST. LAMBERT, Que. – A ship loaded with titanium chloride has kicked off the 60th season for the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Quebec Transport Minister Chantal Rouleau gathered at the St. Lambert Lock to see the Federal Kumano head through on its way to Ohio.

The Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the seaway officially opened at 8 a.m. today.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is hoping to continue on the “strong results” from last year when 41 million metric tons of cargo went through the lock system.

The corporation is betting on 42 metric tons this year, buoyed by momentum in the grain sector.

The seaway supports over 329,000 jobs and contributes about $59 billion to the Canadian economy.

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