Canal Lockout

A Collapsed Wall Halts Shipping

Fall is the peak export season along the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway, where grain and industrial goods leave the American and Canadian heartland on the way to destinations around the world. Last week the artery linking Lake Ontario and Lake Erie was suddenly choked off when a concrete wall in one of the Welland Canal's eight locks collapsed. A section of lock No. 7 slammed into the side of the Liberian-registered Furia, a ship carrying 16,000 tons of wheat from Milwaukee to Alexandria, Egypt. Nine other vessels were trapped inside the canal; 21 were stranded on the Lake Ontario...

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