- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) - Huge chunks of ice are causing problems on the Saint Lawrence Seaway even though the shipping season started two weeks ago.

Canadian Coast Guard ice cutters were trying to disperse ice clogging the shipping channel Tuesday as several ocean-bound cargo vessels waited to pass through.

Andy Maillet of the Canadian Coast Guard tells the Watertown Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1qYVE6Q ) the region has seen more ice this winter than it has in decades. While vessels can withstand collisions with ice chunks, bigger piles of ice can push them off track and increase the risk of accidents.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said the ice thickness in the region ranged from 6 to 28 inches Tuesday.

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