St. Lawrence Seaway opens for 65th season

An Algoma Central Corporation ship, loaded with iron ore, heads through a lock near Montreal on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to start the 65th shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway. (St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation via Newswatch Group)

ST. LAMBERT, Que. — The St. Lawrence Seaway has opened for its 65th season.

Seaway CEO Terence Bowles and other Canadian and American officials were in St. Lambert, Que. yesterday for a ceremony to open the commercial shipping season.

The first ship, the Captain Henry Jack, loaded with iron ore made her way through the lock system en route to Hamilton.

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital link in the North American supply chain, supporting industries, creating jobs and assisting with sustainable development,” Bowles said.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation says the “marine highway” pumps $59 billion into the North American economy and supports over 329,000 jobs.