Seaway Radio Message No.21 - 199612/25:
This is the final Radio message for the closing period.
The last vessel is expected to enter the Montreal-Lake Ontario section on December 25, and with the passage of this vessel, all operations in the St. Lambert to Iroquois section will cease.
Mariners are advised that for the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway the surcharges for December 21st to December 24th have been waived. Special agreements will be required for transits after 0001 hour December 25th. For transits of the Welland Canal after 0800 hours December 24th, written agreements will be required. Arrangements for written agreements can be made at the Authority's St. Lambert, Quebec or St. Catharines, Ontario offices. Further details are available in Seaway Notice no. 7.
Mariners are advised to use caution in restricted channels due to higher than normal flows in the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section.
The openings of the Galop and the Prescott/Ogdensburg ice boom have been reduced to 243m and 610m respectively. The openings are indicated by flashing green and red buoys.
Mariners are advised that the implementation of the power to length ratio restrictions have been postponed until further notice.
The removal of essential aids will continue on Lake St. Francis, Lake St. Louis and the upper St. Lawrence River. Further information concerning this is available from the appropriate traffic control centres.
Water temperature at St. Lambert on December 24, 1996 is 1.3 degrees celsius. Last year's temperature was 0.0 degrees celsius. The ten year average is 0.3 degrees celsius.
At midnight December 23, 1996, the number of ocean vessels above St. Lambert was 4 as compared to 13 in 1995. Above Port Weller the number was 1 as compared to 0 in 1995.
At 0700 hours December 24, 1996 the total number of vessels in transit and in ports between CIP 2 (St.Lambert) and CIP16 (Lake Erie) was approximately 26.
Reported by: The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority