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St. Lawrence Seaway ready to open Friday

The St. Lawrence Seaway is set to open Friday, beginning the shipping channel’s 56th season.

The Algoma Equinox will officially begin the season as the first ship to pass through the seaway, which has recently completed the most significant capital investment and modernization program since its opening.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced that it opened the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened on Tuesday, initiating the start of the 2014 Great Lakes shipping season.