Shipping Slowdowns Continue

A coast guard cutter works to guide a ship up the St. Clair River. January 14, 2014 (Photo from CCG Helicopter by Melanie Irwin)

The Canadian Shipowners Association is raising the red flag over ice build up on the great lakes.

President Robert Lewis-Manning says the lakes are 95% covered and in windblown spots the ice can be as deep as 10 ft.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s ice-breaking capabilities are being stretched to the limit.

Lewis-Manning says in turn that will limit the passage of key cargo shipments by companies that depend on seaway transport.

Thick ice has delayed the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway, impacting the shipping of grain, iron ore, construction materials, salt and petroleum products.

The Welland Canal is scheduled to open March 28.