The St. Lawrence Seaway, which began operating last April, is expected to be shut down?
GV PAN FROM..Chicago buildings to Port of Chicago.
LV Ships alongside Navy Pier.
SV Ship unloading steel.
LV Steel is moved by truck.
CU Steel piled up on quay side.
GV PAN ALONG..ship.
GV More ships at mouth of St. Lawrence Seaway.
GV Ship unloading.
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Background: The St. Lawrence Seaway, which began operating last April, is expected to be shut down by cold weather by the end of November. Ocean-going vessels must clear the great lakes ports within the next two weeks.
The race is on in the Port of Chicago, Nov 19, and in other ports on the great lakes, to get ocean freighters out of the St. Lawrence Seaway before both the lakes and the locks freeze over. Here at Chicago's Navy Pier, it's full capacity with three ocean going freighters tied up every day. Foreign steel continues to come in, as it has since the spring, to help make up in a small way for the steel shortage. On this last round, the steamship lines are trying to bring in and haul out as much cargo as they can before the St. Lawrence locks are closed on or about November 30. Importers are anxiously awaiting delivery of goods on late orders and exporters are frantically trying to secure cargo space aboard the last ships for their products.
At the area's larger docks down at Calumet City, it's the same story as at Navy Pier. Eight ships are down here now with two more scheduled to come in later this week. Stevedores are working round the clock trying to get the ships unloaded and loaded. The deadline the ships' masters are putting on leaving Chicago is Nov 23, for if they wait beyond that date, they stand a very good chance of becoming ice-locked in the great lakes and will be forced to tie up at an inland port until spring. The opening of the seaway has enabled more than 500 ships to call here already this year, as compared with 356 in 1958.