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Grounded bulker in St. Lawrence Seaway now refloated

After the Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on 6 October, it has now been refloated and anchored outside of the port of Johnstown, Ontario. The ship is now waiting for repairs.

Bulk carrier runs aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

The Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, near Cardinal, Ontario, on 6 October, the Canadian Coast Guard announced. The vessel was carrying a load of iron ore at the time.

Canada fines vessel for breaching speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Government of Canada has introduced several measures to address the risks endangered whales face from both marine and fishing activity. For this reason, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that the department has fined a vessel for alleged non-compliance of a temporary mandatory speed restriction.

Non-compliance to St. Lawrence’s speed restrictions results to up to $25,000 fine

According to the Canadian Government, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, issued a statement based on unfortunate deaths of many North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters; Because of this, he implemented a precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 metres and more, that sail in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the two designated shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island. 

Hands-Free Mooring tech fully operational throughout St. Lawrence Seaway

The US Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced that Hands-Free Mooring technology is fully used throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The new technology aspires to revolutionize the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is considered the most important technological advance since the Seaway’s opening in 1959.

Canada announces speed restriction measures to protect whales

Transport Canada has implemented new seasonal speed restriction zones that ships must follow in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canada has put these zones in place to reduce the risk of fatal strikes to North Atlantic right whales by transiting vessels. Vessels must proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots over the ground in the speed restriction zones.

St. Lawrence Seaway announces 2018 as its best shipping year in a decade

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced, on January 17, that tonnage on the waterway during the 2018 navigation season totaled 40.9 million tonnes, hitting its record as it is the highest result since 2007. Traffic increased by 7% year-one year, whereas the total vessel transits were up nearly 6%.

St. Lawrence Seaway tolls to increase by 1.0% in 2019

According to the St. Lawrence Management Corporation’s Business Plan, the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls was modified in 2019. The SLSMC announced a toll rate increase of 1.0% for the 2019 navigation season.  In addition, the New Business, Volume, Gateway and Service incentives will continue to remain in effect.

Crewmember dies due to fall from CSL bulker

A 57 year old Canadian seafarer died after falling off the bulker ‘Spruceglen’, while he was tying it before entering the Eisenhower Locks on October 16. The seafarer was being lowered onto a dock from the side of the bulk carrier, when he lost his balance and slipped off.

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