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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. Many earlier interpretations of Lake Ontario geomorphology are confirmed by the new bathymetry; and new ideas have emerged that have significant implications for a number of environmental concerns. Certain ridges on the floor of the Rochester Basin may record flow direction of advancing ice and/or subglacial meltwater. In addition, a small circular depression coincides with the feature referred to as Charity Shoal. Although the origin of the feature remains unknown, it bears a "striking" resemblance to a simple impact crater. Data and imagery from Lake Ontario bathymetry are ready for incorporation into geographic information systems as base layers for various applications


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


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)


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


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.


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

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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.    


American MetalCraft Marine Sponsors Seaway Day

Photo courtesy MetalCraft Marine

Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced that American MetalCraft Marine of Clayton, New York has been named title sponsor of Seaway Day on Saturday, June 18. American MetalCraft Marine Seaway Day will feature tall ship Lynx, along with local vessels on display including tugboat Bowditch and former military landing vessels Thors Hammer and Maple Grove. The day will be capped off with a live performance by Bad Husbands Club at 7 p.m


Great Lakes, Seaway 2010 Navigation Season

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Corporation announced the opening of the 2010 navigation season, scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: • Montreal / Lake Ontario, March 25, 2010 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.) • Welland Canal, March 25, 2010 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 23

1974- The 40-foot sailing vessel Lorisel II reported she was aground one mile southeast of North Rock, Bahamas, off the eastern shore of Bimini.  An HU-16 aircraft and the CGC Cape Shoalwater were dispatched to assist.  The aircraft located the vessel and a local island boat, which was diverted to remove two women and a child from Lorisel II.  Cape Shoalwater re-floated the vessel, returned the passengers, and the Lorisel II got underway with no apparent damage.  


Seaway's Shipping Season to Open March 31

The Montreal to Lake Ontario and Welland Canal sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway will open for navigation at 8:00 a.m., March 31, according to an announcement made by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC). SLSDC administrator Albert S. Jacquez said, "This year's opening is especially significant because 1999 also happens to be the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the St. Lawrence Seaway at ceremonies in 1959, involving President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II


Monroe County to Conduct Maritime Security Exercise

(Credit: USCG)

Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, federal, state, local and Canadian law enforcement partners will be brought together in a multi-agency exercise designed to prepare for and prevent cross-border terrorist and criminal activity on the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.


Coast Guard Concludes Great Lakes Icebreaking

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Beauchamp

The U.S. Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a binational domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St


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


CG Cutter Morro Bay out for Repairs

Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting icebreaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27


First Vessel of 2014 Arrives at St. Lambert

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised that the St. Lawrence Seaway has now opened for its 2014 season at St. Lambert by accepting the first vessel of the year, the MT Charlotte Theresa, destination Lake Ontario, followed by several Canadian ships.


CG Icebreakers Active as Shipping Picks Up

USCG photo by Levi Read

The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.


Experimental Lakes Research to Continue in Canada

Government of Canada announces that a new operator for the Experimental Lakes Area has been secured The Honorable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Joyce Bateman


Montreal-Lake Ontario Seaway Opening Delayed

File photo CCL3

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has announced that it has delayed its annual opening of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section until March 31, 2014. The Management Corporation informs that the Canadian Coast Guard is already undertaking icebreaking to support the movement of commercial


Great Lakes Ice Cover Among Worst in 40 Years

By Kim Palmer, Reuters The Great Lakes saw some of their worst ice cover in nearly four decades because of a frigid winter with months of below-freezing temperatures in large sections of the northern United States, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration said.


Great Lakes Icebreaking: Important Safety Message

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The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, has issued a safety message for all ice surface users near icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes as follows:


Ice Fisherman Airlifted Off Lake St. Claire

Lake St. Clare rescue: Photo courtesy of USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit hoisted an injured man off of Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada, after the all-terrain vehicle on which he and three friends were riding overturned. The group was on an ice fishing trip when the accident occurred about 2 miles


Coast Guard Icebreaking Operations Underway in Great Lakes

The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, has an important safety message for all ice surface users near icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes. Broken and fragmented icy tracks left behind by


Seaway Notice Number 11

Change in Special Agreement Date for the Montreal - Lake Ontario Section Mariners are advised that due to high traffic levels and navigation conditions, the cut-off date for acceptance of a downbound transit through the Montreal to Lake Ontario Section under special agreement has been modified as


Coastguard Detroit Medevacs Laker Crew Member

Laker medevac: Photo courtesy of USCG

The air crew assisted Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, with the medevac of a Canadian man injured aboard the 730-foot 'Algoma Enterprise', which was passing through the Pelee Passage in Lake Erie. The 57-year-old crew member was reportedly suffering from severe bleeding.


Lakes Limestone Trade Up More Than 6% in September

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in September, an increase of 6.2% compared to a year ago. The September total was, however, 4.9% below August’s tally. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 3 million tons, an increase of 8.1% compared to a year ago






 
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