This year’s shipping season is getting off to a slow start due to record levels of ice on the Great Lakes after an extremely cold winter. Some ice on Lake Superior is still several feet thick, and ice breakers are working to carve paths for ships. Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says that even with the help, several fleets have delayed their first sailing until early April.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the seasonal closing of the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula city of Sault Ste. Marie a few days later than normal.