March 17, 2023 | Circular No. 11508

Dear Members,

Please see below the Notices to Shipping (#2, #3 and #4) for the Welland Canal from The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System.  Please click on the highlighted Notice to see the notice in its entirety.

Notice to Shipping No. 2: Ship Chandler Interfaces with Ships at the Wharves in the Welland Canal

This Notice details the ship chandler interfaces with ships permitted at Wharves 2, 12 South and 16.

Notice to Shipping No. 3: Personnel Interfaces with Ships at the Locks in the Welland Canal

This Notice brings to your attention that ship interfaces with ship chandlers for stores or supplies will not be accepted at any lock in the Welland Canal. Stores & supplies can only be taken at Wharves 2, 12 South and 16 as per Notice 2 above.

Designated R1 personnel can embark/disembark ships at Locks 1, 2, 5 & 7 for ocean carriers.  Emergency situations will be considered (ex: non R1 technicians for safety of navigation).  SLSMC (S.t Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation) will not entertain any escorting of non-R1 persons or monitoring product exchanges. Also, any assistance for handling gangways will not be provided by SLSMC.

Pilot exchanges are permitted at Lock 7 as necessary.

Notice to Shipping No. 4: East Flight Locks Out of Service

This Notice advises you that East Flight Locks will be out of service from the opening of the Welland Canal, i.e. 22nd March until March 31, 2023. This may cause some delays as one way traffic may be implemented.


Farah Ahmad
Administrative Coordinator
Shipping Federation of Canada