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GLIN==> Opening of the 2003 Navigation Season



SEAWAY NOTICE NO. 2 - 2003
March 6, 2003
Opening of the 2003 Navigation Season

http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/navigation/notice20030306.html

The Seaway Corporations have determined that, due to severe ice conditions
throughout the St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes system, the opening of the
2003 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the dates and times
indicated below:

  a.. Montreal / Lake Ontario March 31, 2003 - 0800 hours (E.S.T.)
  b.. Welland Canal March 31, 2003 - 0800 hours (E.S.T.)
Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Navigation
may be restricted to daylight hours in some areas until lighted navigation
aids have been installed.

The Seaway entities also announce that, for this navigation season, the
clearance date for the Montreal / Lake Ontario Section has been designated
as 2400 hours December 20, 2003. The closing date will be no later than
December 24, provided that weather and ice conditions permit.

The "clearance date" is the date by which vessels must report at the
applicable calling-in point referred to in subsection 97(3), Part X, of the
Seaway Handbook, for the final transit of the Montreal / Lake Ontario
Section of the Seaway.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals

United States Soo Locks will open March 25.
Allowable Draft

In the Montreal / Lake Ontario Section, the draft will be 79.2 dm (26'0")
until the South Shore Canal is ice free at which time the draft will be
increased to 80 dm (26'3"), this will occur no later than April 15. Draft of
80 dm (26'3") will be in effect in the Welland Canal for the full season.


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