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Seaway opens, expects strong year

The St. Lawrence Seaway is open and officials predict cargo shipments will rise by about three per cent to 38.6 million tonnes this year.

Coal from Montana is expected to be a bright spot, but increased grain movement is expected following a $30-million investment by Parrish and Heimbecker in its grain-handling facility at Hamilton, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation said in a news release.

Canadian and international carriers are also in the process of building new vessels, with some scheduled to begin service on the seaway this year.

La Niña moves on

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A weather pattern blamed for heavy rains and crop destruction in the Asia-Pacific region over the past two years has run its course slightly ahead of schedule, forecasters in Australia said March 27.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said climate models indicate the weather phenomenon known as La Niña, the girl child, has come to an end, after earlier this month predicting it would drag on for a further month or two.

Sea surface temperatures across the central tropical Pacific Ocean were now at neutral levels, according to the bureau.

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