First Ships Of The Season Pass Through Soo Locks

After a long journey, the first commercial ships of the season passed through the Soo Locks today.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it's a year for the record books.

The locks have opened 10 days ago and today 9&10 News was on the scene as some of the first ships locked through.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it hasn't taken this long in years.

But despite the conditions some spectators still made it out to see the ships through.
 The first two ships carried much needed iron ore from Duluth and were guided to the locks by the Coast Guard.
 Ships are still pushing a big flow of ice through the locks.
 The Corps says that they still dealt with a few ice issues.
“These two vessels that reached us this morning it took them nine days to pass from Duluth, normally that would take maybe twenty six hours something like that.  So it's been a pretty brutal spring and a difficult breakup,” said James Peach, Assistant Area Engineer. 
 
The Corps of Engineers say that customers need the iron ore and coal coming through to keep their plants working. They expect to see a lot of shipping to make up for lost days and aren't sure when the next arrivals will take place.