The Corporation's mandate promotes efficiency and
responsiveness to the needs of shipping interests, ports, marine
agencies, and provincial and state jurisdictions.
The two Seaway entities coordinate operational activities
particularly with respect to rules and regulations, overall day-to-
day operations, traffic management, navigation aids, safety,
environmental programmes, operating dates, and trade
development programs. The unique bi-national nature of the
System requires 24-hour, year-round coordination between the
two Seaway entities.
OECD AWARD: A GOOD END TO THE 2015 NAVIGATION SEASON
With water temperatures well above the ten-year average, the
St. Lawrence Seaway closed its 2015 navigation season ice free
on 31 December. Thirty-six million tonnes of cargo transited
the waterway during the season, with grain, at volumes well
above the five-year average, leading the way. The Seaway once
again proved to be a key asset for farmers as they shipped their
crops to markets at home and overseas.
Grain volumes on the Seaway amounted to 10.8mt (million
tonnes), one of the strongest years in recent memory. The Port
of Thunder Bay, the principal point of entry for grain into the
Great Lakes/Seaway System, reported its second-best season in
15 years. Combined with grain being loaded onto ships from
other ports such as Hamilton, Duluth/Superior and Toledo,
agricultural commodities have become increasingly important to
the Great Lakes/Seaway System.
Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence
Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), noted that “the
Seaway continues to serve as a vital trade artery, enabling cargo
to move to more than 50 countries across the globe.”
In May, the SLSMC received the Promising Innovation in
Transport Award from the International Transport Forum at the
OECD, during the 2015 Summit of Transport Ministers held in
Leipzig, Germany. The award recognized the SLSMC’s pioneering work in developing, with the supplier Cavotec, the world’s first
Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) system for ships transiting locks.
The use of this equipment will largely replace the traditional
practice of manually securing ships in locks with steel mooring
lines, enabling the Seaway to orchestrate gains in operating
efficiency and safety, and become yet more competitive.