Freighter frozen in lock delays St. Lawrence Seaway closing

January 05, 2018 - 5:21 pm

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say despite round-the-clock ice-melting efforts since Monday, a freighter carrying soybeans remains frozen in a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. says Friday crews are using pressurized steam to melt the ice around the bulk carrier Federal Biscay in the U.S. Snell lock at Massena. Several tugboats are assisting in the efforts, which have been hampered by subzero temperatures.

Once the Marshall Island-flagged vessel is freed, four other vessels can get through the lock and depart the Seaway, allowing it to close for the season.

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