|This is not the best time of the year to be in the business of predicting boat arrivals and departures. Having said that, we expect 4 boats to go under the Lift Bridge today, including the first Canadian flagged vessel, the Halifax. The Halifax spent the winter in Thunder Bay, on Lake Superior, so it was free to travel the Lake loading cargo but will have to wait until March 25th for the Soo Locks to open to take its cargo to a lower lakes port. It will be the first boat to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior and it is also the first boat not named the Mesabi Miner to depart the port. The Halifax is expected early this morning to come under the Lift Bridge and load fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before proceeding up the Superior channel to the BN. Other boats are experiencing some delays in getting out, which is to be expected since they have been sitting in one place for two months. Loading equipment at the docks has also been idle and some delays are expected as the whole port slowly swings into action for the new season. Above, the Halifax is seen entering the ship canal in May of 2002.