Executive Briefings

What Are the Chances We Will See Longer Ships on St. Lawrence Seaway?

Despite the St. Lawrence Seaway being a seasonal inland waterway, the maritime route provides an essential transportation service insofar as the economical movement of bulk freight is concerned. While extended length ships of 1200-feet sail the Upper Great Lakes of Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie, only Seaway-max ships of 600-feet length sail into Lake Ontario.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers undertook a study that explored methods by which Panamax-2 series ships could sail into Lake Ontario and perhaps into the Upper Great Lakes.

Environmental opposition canceled plans to deepen the navigation channels along both the Lower and Upper St. Lawrence River. Under the revised plans, only partially laden Panamax-2 ships will sail into the Port of Montreal, transferring cargo to other ships and to the railways at a point near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The withdrawal of plans to sail Panamax-2 ships into Lake Ontario still keeps the door open to explore other methods by which to enhance the productivity of Seaway-max ships.

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Keywords: Ocean Transportation, Transportation & Distribution, Logistics, The United States, Canada, US Army Corps of Engineers study of Lake Ontario, St Lawrence Seaway deepening projects

The United States Army Corps of Engineers undertook a study that explored methods by which Panamax-2 series ships could sail into Lake Ontario and perhaps into the Upper Great Lakes.

Environmental opposition canceled plans to deepen the navigation channels along both the Lower and Upper St. Lawrence River. Under the revised plans, only partially laden Panamax-2 ships will sail into the Port of Montreal, transferring cargo to other ships and to the railways at a point near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The withdrawal of plans to sail Panamax-2 ships into Lake Ontario still keeps the door open to explore other methods by which to enhance the productivity of Seaway-max ships.

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Keywords: Ocean Transportation, Transportation & Distribution, Logistics, The United States, Canada, US Army Corps of Engineers study of Lake Ontario, St Lawrence Seaway deepening projects