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Multiple ships still clearing St. Lawrence Seaway, more than a day after season closed


The final ships of the season are closing their travels on the St. Lawrence Seaway, a full day after the official end of season.

Among those ships is the 656-foot Orsula, which ran aground off of Tibbetts Point on Christmas Day. The ship, freed Sunday, continued its trip to Montreal on Monday morning.

On Tuesday morning, Lori K. Curran, director of office of lock operations and marine services for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., said the vessels would hopefully clear the Eisenhower Lock within a few hours. Ice in the river delayed the transit of more than 20 ships over the past couple of days.

The vessel is owned by Atlant Bulkers Corp., Croatia, and operating under a Marshall Islands flag.

The Seaway was officially open through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the Ursula, Ms. Curran said there were five other vessels navigating toward Montreal Tuesday morning. She said the final vessels would finish their trips by about early Wednesday.

Ms. Curran said the last time she could remember the Seaway having difficulties closing out traffic for the season was in 1989.

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