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2014-02-26 at 16:43

Shipping speed bump

This satellite image, captured a week ago, shows Lake Superior with nearly 90 per cent ice coverage.
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This satellite image, captured a week ago, shows Lake Superior with nearly 90 per cent ice coverage.
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

Ice coverage on the Great Lakes will cause a slow start to the shipping season.

More than 90 per cent of Lake Superior is covered in ice, only the second time that's happened in 40 years. With a majority of the shipping system covered, ice breakers will need to cut channels through entire lakes, which Thunder Bay Port Authority CEO Tim Heney said is very unusual.

"Normally you just break out the harbour and the ice flows out into the lake," he said.

With ice being four feet thick in the harbour, about a foot more than average, the port is probably going to need larger ice breakers this year to maintain the channels as ships convoy.

"But how long it takes them to do the job this year and then how many ships move up through that ice will be the question," Heney said.

Those breakers will need to maintain the channels, otherwise wind could close them back up and trap ships.

Ice has already pushed the opening of the Welland Canal to March 28, five days later than last year.

Heney expects the season to be delayed by several weeks. But once up and running, he said Thunder Bay has enough capacity to make up for lost time.

"It really won't have an impact," he said.

But ice at the end of last shipping season meant 200,000 tonnes of grain shipments didn't go through. It also meant that the usual three or four ships that come into Thunder Bay for repair was cut to one.

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S Duncan says:
This must be the fault of Harper!
2/26/2014 4:47:45 PM
conker2012 says:
According to you it would likely be the fault of the event center or the Mayor.



Perhaps we should have a plebiscite to decide if the ice will cause a slowdown to the shipping season
2/26/2014 5:12:21 PM
S Duncan says:
Well if you want the taxpayers to cover the costs of artificially heating the lake so you can have welfare swimming then yes.



You should go build a new hockey rink in the harbour, complete with special underground parking just for you. Hurry up though, your David Suzuki consultants say time is of the essence.
2/26/2014 10:02:29 PM
tothecloud says:
Seriously, get some therapy or counselling.
2/27/2014 10:09:40 AM
S Duncan says:
for what?



Im quite happy!
2/27/2014 10:48:57 AM
tbay1975 says:
Well it's obvious by your comments on this site that you are already medicated some how or dip into grandpas cough medicine quite often!



Go back to watching the Sun "News" channel and do your Suzuki bashing over there where it belongs.

2/27/2014 11:35:31 AM
mystified says:
AMEN!

I second that vote.

Self Importance Syndrome. He trolls on every story so If we all ignore it, it goes away.
2/27/2014 6:11:51 PM
TBDR says:
haha Conker you beat me to it... clearly the mayor and council are at fault here. The mayor is chair of the great lakes committee isn't he? There must be something he could do about it. Something something not as much hot air coming out of city hall as some on here suggest. ;)
2/27/2014 1:20:05 PM
mystified says:
Maturity isn't defined by a date on a calendar. Maturity is when you act like an adult.



Why don't you shut up and quit the trolling.
2/27/2014 8:47:05 AM
richy says:
Hey S Duncan guit being such a conservative lover don't worry one day they will screw you good also!
2/26/2014 6:40:48 PM
S Duncan says:
but the liberals and ndp already did screw me worse than any conservatives have.



Im not really a huge fan of any party, but I believe in the conservative/libertarian approach.



its too bad none of them follow that closely enough for my liking.
2/26/2014 9:47:25 PM
citymtnbiker says:
when the rest of the 10% freezes.. hell hath frozen over!

does anyone else ever question why their ancestors didnt pick somewhere warmer?
2/26/2014 6:41:17 PM
S Duncan says:
Im sure Mike Harris, Brian Mulrooney, and George W. Bush are also all important players in this heinous act!



We need to march on Ottawa and stage a 6 month sit in at the parks. We'll show those 99%ers we mean business!!
2/26/2014 10:27:33 PM
fastball says:
6 comments on this story - and SD has 4 of them. That's a sad, sad commentary on a empty, wasted life.
2/27/2014 8:57:21 AM
S Duncan says:
congratulations on learning how to count.



and you didn't even have to take your socks off to reach 6 this time! Good job!
2/27/2014 10:24:50 AM
fastball says:
Actually, two complete working hands adds up to 10. And I can make it to 11 before having to take off my socks. (11 and a half, actually)
2/27/2014 10:28:49 AM
Thundereye says:
I am usually a reader not a commenter, but you S Duncan are a very negative source on this site. Is there anything positive you have to comment about? It would be nice to read something positive out of you once in a while. Show some pride in your town and stop calling everything welfare. It is very disrespectful.
2/27/2014 1:51:08 PM
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