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Seaway Notice Number 11

Subject to favourable operating conditions, any ship calling in downbound at CVC after 23:59 hours, December 24,2013,but BEFORE 02:00 December 28, 2013, may be accepted to transit the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, under special agreement. The date for upbound vessels has not changed. Therefore, any ship calling in upbound at CIP2 after 23:59 hours, December 24, but BEFORE 12:00 December 29, 2013, may be accepted to transit the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, under special agreement and subject to favourable operating conditions. For both instances, a ll vessels must be clear of the Montreal to Lake Ontario Section by 23:59 December 30th, 2013.

Lake Ontario – safety and security zones

The U.S. Coast Guard has established temporary safety and security zones around the high-speed ferry Spirit of Ontario when it is operating on waters of the Genesee River or on U.S. waters of Lake Ontario. Persons and other vessels are to remain at least 25 yards away from the high-speed ferry when it is operating on the Genesee River and at least 100 yards away when it is operating on U.S. waters of Lake Ontario. 69 Fed. Reg. 23563 (HK Law).

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway will open at 0800 on March 22, 2008 and that the Welland Canal will open at 0800 on March 20, 2008. The maximum allowable draft for the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion will be 80.0 dm and for the Welland Canal will be 80.8 dm. Seaway Notice No. 1-2008 (2/21/08).

GL-SLS Nav. Season Closing

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System announced the closing dates for the 2008 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway navigational season. Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

Closing of 2009 Navigation Season

The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway System announced the closing of the 2009 Navigation Season. Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

Seaway Notice: Closing of 2011 Season

Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

NOAA Releases New Poster of Lake Ontario Floor

A new color poster depicting features on the floor of Lake Ontario has been released by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the third Great Lake to be depicted with new, highly detailed bathymetry, following Lakes Michigan and Erie. In addition to the main map, insets show details of bottom relief in part of the Rochester Basin, and in the vicinity of Charity Shoal. Also included are text explaining the geology and geomorphology of the main lake floor features, and a list of references. The bathymetry was produced with data from the entire historic hydrographic sounding database from the United States and Canada.

NOAA Releases New Poster of Lake Ontario Floor

A new color poster depicting features on the floor of Lake Ontario has been released by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the third Great Lake to be depicted with new, highly detailed bathymetry, following Lakes Michigan and Erie. In addition to the main map, insets show details of bottom relief in part of the Rochester Basin, and in the vicinity of Charity Shoal. Also included are text explaining the geology and geomorphology of the main lake floor features, and a list of references. The bathymetry was produced with data from the entire historic hydrographic sounding database from the United States and Canada.

Great Lakes Windfarm Project Shelved

A new state blueprint presents a preference to focus wind farm developments off the Rockaways, in New York City, not the Lakes. The Cuomo administration, which last year scuttled as too expensive a plan to construct the nation’s first wind energy farm in the Great Lakes, is putting its offshore focus in an area 15 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off New York City., reports The Buffalo News. Now questions are arising about whether Lake Erie and Lake Ontario will ever be tried, at least by the current administration, as a source for the renewable form of energy generation. State officials insist they are not closing the door on Great Lakes wind generation.

This Day in Naval History - May 30

From the Navy News Service 1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y.

St. Lawrence Seaway Closed Until Spring

The St. Lawrence Seaway is officially closed to navigation until spring. The last vessel to pass through the Seaway was the chemical tanker Petrolia Desgagnes, which made its way through the St. Lambert lock near Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 25. The seaway, which was open to navigation for 270 days starting March 31, maintained its maximum draft of 26 ft., 3 in. despite the low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Seaway's toll revenue and cargo tonnage was down this year because of reduced demand for inbound foreign steel, according to Seaway officials. Estimated combined cargo moved through the Welland Canal, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and the Montreal/Lake Ontario sections, totaled 47.56 million tons, down seven percent from a year ago.

St. Lawrence Seaway Closed Until Spring

The St. Lawrence Seaway is officially closed to navigation until spring. The last vessel to pass through the Seaway was the chemical tanker Petrolia Desgagnes, which made its way through the St. Lambert lock near Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 25. The seaway, which was open to navigation for 270 days starting March 31, maintained its maximum draft of 26 ft., 3 in. despite the low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Seaway's toll revenue and cargo tonnage was down this year because of reduced demand for inbound foreign steel, according to Seaway officials. Estimated combined cargo moved through the Welland Canal, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and the Montreal/Lake Ontario sections, totaled 47.56 million tons, down seven percent from a year ago.

Spring Restored - Coast Guard Finishes Buoy Operations Early

Courtesy Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 9

The U.S. Coast Guard completed operation Spring Restore Tuesday, five days ahead of schedule. Spring Restore involves the re-installment of 1,216 federal navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons. Due to a light ice year, crews were able to commence the operation on March 14, two full weeks earlier than normal. Seven aids-to-navigation teams and five cutters, with additional support from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the border lakes Lamplighters, participated in the operation.

St. Lawrence Seaway Notices Update

courtesy Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway

The Great lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System today issued notices number nine and 10 regarding maximum allowable drafts in the Montreal section in Lake Ontario and revocation of certain transit restrictions. Seaway notice 9 addresses maximum allowable drafts in Lake Ontario’s Montreal section, stating the maximum allowable draft is increased to 80.8 dm (26' 06"), subject to favorable water elevations, effective April 14, 2014. This increase applies to all vessels. In addition, there will be zero tolerance for ship's draft in excess of 80.8 dm (26' 6").

St. Lawrence Seaway Closing Info

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System has established an webpage (www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/commercial/closing.html) providing information relating to the upcoming closing of the 2008 navigation season.  The Montreal-Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway is scheduled to close on December 29. (Holland & Knight)

Members Wanted

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership in the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) Eastern Great Lakes, and five regional subcommittees: Northeast Ohio Region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Region, Western New York Region, Lake Ontario Region, and St. Lawrence Region. The AMSC assists the USCG Captain of the Port Buffalo in developing, reviewing, and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan. Applications should be submitted by February 7. 73 Fed. Reg. 1363 (HK Law).

St. Lawrence Seaway Draft

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice stating that, effective May 24, the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section will be increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”), subject to favorable water elevations. The draft increase will be for all inland ships and for ocean ships equipped with an operational bow thruster. For ocean ships not equipped with bow thrusters, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26’ 03”). Seaway Notice No. 10 of 2004 (HK Law)

St. Lawrence Seaway: 2012 - Notice to Shipping (# 18)

Maisonneuve Region; Montreal / Lake Ontario Section. Maintenance / Repair Work at Eisenhower Lock: Maintenance / repair work will be performed at Eisenhower Lock beginning on August 27, 2012 for a period of approximately 5 days. During this period, the north side filling valve will be out of service resulting in a slightly longer time to raise a vessel in the lock.    

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 30

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 30 1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Seaway Notice, Max Allowable Drafts

In the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.8 dm (26.5 ft), subject to favorable water elevations, effective March 31, 2009. This increase applies to all vessels. In addition, there will be zero tolerance for ship's draft in excess of 80.8 dm (26.5 ft). Mariners are reminded that for ships loaded to a draft greater than 80.0 dm (26.25 ft), speeds will be monitored carefully between St. Lambert Lock and St. Nicolas Island.

St. Lawrence Seaway Notice to Shipping

A St. Lawrence Seaway notice to shippers was issued on April 14, 2009 regarding the Maisonneuve region, Montréal / Lake Ontario section. Mariners are advised that the water levels at Morrisburg have returned to normal. The speed limits for vessels between Richard’s Point and Iroquois lock will now be applied as per column III of the Seaway Handbook.

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 30

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 30 1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.  

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 8

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 8 1813- U.S. Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario 1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95 percent of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions. System developed by William Thaler, Office of Naval Research physicist. 1972 - Women authorized for sea duty as regular ship's company For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

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