As a follow up to communication regarding the St. Lawrence River closures, as previously advised vessel traffic resumed on Saturday, January 26th. While our operational plan was to sail the Oceanex Connaigra from Montreal tonight, continued poor weather conditions across the country have prevented this from occurring, as many customer shipments have not yet arrived at the Oceanex pier in Montreal. As a result, the Oceanex Connaigra will now be departing Montreal on Thursday, January 31st at 18:00h and arriving in St. John’s on Sunday morning, February 2nd.
Furthermore, despite these ice and weather disruptions over the past week, we are pleased to advise that the Oceanex sailing schedule will resume its normal operating schedule next week, with the Oceanex Avalon scheduled for departure from Montreal on Tuesday, February 5th and the Oceanex Connaigra departing Montreal on Saturday, February 9th.
These recent ice challenges in the St. Lawrence River are by no means an indicator of future conditions. The Canadian Coast Guard have given clear indication that their mandate is to continue to ensure this vital waterway remains open to commercial ship traffic throughout the coming months.
JANUARY 29TH, 2019.
Service to the province of Newfoundland & Labrador continues to be impacted due to severe ice conditions east of the port of Montreal.
While vessel traffic is moving navigation has been minimized to enable the clearing of the navigation channel by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Oceanex, the service provider operating from the port of Montreal has announced the canceling of today’s departure and re-scheduled for Thursday January 31st, 2019. This departure will arrive St.John’s late Sunday weather permitting with traffic road ready for late Monday and or Tuesday Feb 5th.
We apologise for the delays over the last week in what has become a very exceptional navigating period.
Further updates will be available on our web site at www.m-o.com
JANUARY 28TH, 2019
Please be advised that all Maritime-Ontario road services are being suspended until further notice due to the significant snow event in the local GTA.
Highway services will also be impacted as this weather front is forecasted to hit eastern portions of the province later tonight and into tomorrow morning.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as this is normal protocol and in keeping with M-O’s “SAFETY FIRST POLICY”.
Further updates will be available Tuesday morning.
Please see the note below that Maritime-Ontario received from CN Rail…
CN is expecting severe cold weather conditions in our Canadian and US Midwest rail network. As part of CN’s winter preparedness and train operating plan, when cold temperatures fall below -25C, to ensure safe train operations, train length restrictions go into effect.
As a result, our trains operating in the corridors from Toronto and Chicago through to the Prairies have to be shorter trains, which may mean reduced weekly capacity.
To support our winter train operating plan, we have moved crews and locomotives into key locations. We are committed to moving your goods as safely and quickly as possible. However, the weather outlook predicts this Arctic cold will persist for another 5-7 days in key areas.
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR January 24th, 2019.
Please be advised that we anticipate some minor service disruptions over the next few days on traffic bound for the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
Recent record breaking low temperatures in central and eastern Canada have created significant flash freezing of the St.Lawrence river east of the Port of Montreal. Vessel traffic east of Montreal has been impacted and delaying vessel departures bound for Newfoundland & Labrador. While very unusual we have been advised that vessel operations should normalize in the coming days with the aid of The Canadian Coast Guard ice breaking operations. Service delays should be anticipated as a result.
Additional updates will be made available as they become available.
Please be advised that due to extreme weather in the local Montreal & Ottawa regions we are experiencing both delivery and pick up delays. Likewise, in the greater Toronto region we are experiencing delays due to a snow, freezing rain and rain mix.
Please note that we are doing our very best to maintain service in keeping with our “SAFETY FIRST POLICY”.
Thank you for your patience & understanding
Environment Canada has issued an “EXTREME COLD WARNING” with wind chill values falling to as low as -38 degrees C for many parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Additionally, many regions of Quebec and parts of Atlantic Canada are cleaning up after this weekends snow storm and freezing rain events.
Travel is difficult in many of these regions, and as a result we are experiencing both pick up and delivery delays. Some highways are closed in Ottawa as well as New Brunswick this morning with advisories to stay off the roads.
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines in keeping with its “SAFETY FIRST” policy is operating where possible, but delays should be anticipated for at least the next 24 to 48 hours.
Two convoys of vehicles slowed traffic on stretches of Canada’s busiest highway Friday morning in Ontario in a show of solidarity with an anti-pipeline protest in British Columbia.
One rolled westbound from the eastern part of the province, while the other began in southwestern Ontario and headed east. Both left before dawn and disrupted traffic during the morning rush hour.
One fleet left from the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, about 86 kilometres southeast of Ottawa, and travelled about 50 km/h as it moved toward Belleville, Ont. People from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, just south of Montreal, joined those from Akwesasne.
Please be patient, as our drivers are doing their best to get back to Toronto area or out to Ottawa/Montreal as quickly as they can.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.
An intensifying low pressure system will approach in the East today. Strengthening southeasterly winds can be expected today with gusts near 90 km/h by noon. Winds will ease this evening.
Additionally, snow ahead of this system will begin this morning and change over to rain by the afternoon. This snow combined with high winds will reduce visibility in blowing snow. Snowfall amounts of near 10 centimetres are expected. Rain will taper to showers this evening.
Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected. Snow at times heavy this morning will gradually change to rain over New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,
southern and eastern New Brunswick through the day today before tapering to scattered showers and then flurries tonight. Over northwestern sections of the province accumulating snow will continue into Thursday morning followed by improving conditions.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.
Please note that due to weather issues and the safety of our drivers and staff, our Prince Edward Island location has closed for the day.
Some freezing rain possible this evening.
A weak band of light snow at times mixed with ice pellets may affect the area from midday into the afternoon. Latest analysis is suggesting that very little accumulation is likely, with only a trace to perhaps a couple of centimetres possible.
A more significant area of precipitation is expected to move into the area early this evening. A brief period of freezing rain is possible in the evening before precipitation changes to rain, especially for areas away from Lake Ontario.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution, particularly this evening, as untreated roads may become slippery. There may be an impact on the evening commute.