Seaway Becomes the First Lock System in the World Equipped with Hands Free Mooring
ST-LAMBERT, QC, March 20, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of the opening of the Seaway's 2019 navigation season, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, thanking past and present workers for their efforts in transforming the lock system into one of the most modern in the world.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is the first lock system in the world to operate Hands Free Mooring in its locks. This innovative system permits ships to be secured during a lockage by vacuum pads mounted on rails within the lock's walls, instead of being secured by traditional wire or rope lines. A limited number of media representatives will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, including the control center which manages the Hands Free Mooring system.
The Federal Kumano, which will serve as the opening vessel, will pay tribute to both the Seaway's anniversary and Fednav's 75th anniversary, one of the largest Canadian shipping companies.
The 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the official opening of the 2019 navigation season
Saint-Lambert Lock: 151, rue de l'Écluse, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4R 2V6
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, at 9:00 am
The Honorable Marc Garneau, Canadian Minister of Transport
Madam Chantal Rouleau, Quebec Minister of Transport
Mr. Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Transportation
Mr. Terence F. Bowles, President and CEO, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Mr. Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (United States)
Mr. Paul Pathy, President and CEO, Fednav
Due to the security rules that govern access to the facility, please confirm your attendance by registering on our Virtual Newsroom by Friday, March 22nd. Note that a limited number of journalists will get access to certain areas. Moreover, your registration will allow you to submit interview requests.
About the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation by the Government of Canada, and manages and operates the Canadian assets of the St. Lawrence Seaway, between Montreal and Lake Erie. More details at www.greatlakes-seaway.com.
SOURCE The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation