St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

March 24, 2009 06:30 ET

Media Advisory: The St. Lawrence Seaway Turns 50

A vital waterway as long as the Atlantic is wide

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 24, 2009) - Opened in 1959, and proclaimed as one of the ten most outstanding Canadian engineering achievements of the past 100 years(1), the St. Lawrence Seaway stands as evidence of an enduring asset. Since its inception, over 2.5 billion tonnes of cargo valued in excess of $375 billion has been transported via the Seaway, the equivalent of 87 million truckloads.

During the ceremony to commemorate the event, the spokespeople will outline how, despite challenging economic conditions, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) is pressing on with its capital investments to ensure that the Seaway is ready to serve the nations' needs for another 50 years.

WHAT: Official opening of the 2009 navigation season and ceremony to
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway

WHO: - Richard J. Corfe - President of the SLSMC
- Honourable Collister Johnson - Administrator of the St. Lawrence
Seaway Development Corporation (United-States)
- Guy Veronneau - Chair of the SLSMC
- Dr. Pierre Camu - Former president of the St. Lawrence Seaway
Authority (1965-1973)
- Laurence G. Pathy - President and CEO of Fednav
- Gerald Carter - President of Canada Steamship Lines Inc.

WHERE: St. Lambert Lock, 151 Ecluse Street, St. Lambert

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31st
9:15 AM - Media arrival and security check
9:30 AM - Media briefing
9:45 AM - Photo opportunity: Guided tour of the installation
10:10 AM - Arrival of media not interested in the tour
10:30 AM - Official ceremony
11:40 AM - First vessel of the year to pass the lock
11:55 AM - Presentation of gift to the vessel's captain
12:15 PM - Lunch and interview opportunities

IMPORTANT: All media will need to get their accreditation to access the
site no later than March 30 at 11 AM.

About the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC)

The SLSMC is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic through the Canadian Seaway facilities, which consists of 13 of the 15 locks between Montreal and Lake Erie. The Corporation plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the waterway remains a safe and well-managed system, which it shares with its American counterpart, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. For more information concerning the Seaway, its 50th anniversary celebrations, and insight into its future, please visit

(1) Engineering Centennial Board, January 22, 1987.

Contact Information

  • Allard Hervieu Communication
    Véronique Gabrysz
    514 499-3030, ext. 773 or 514 965-2715