The first ship of the season has tied up at the Port of Goderich.
The MV Peter R Cresswell is hauling cement to Prescott on the St. Lawrence Seaway though it normally takes on salt when calling on Goderich.
The ship's commander Captain Peter Schultz says while the date for the first landing may sound a bit late -- it's not all that unusual.
In some years the first ship hasn't come into Goderich until the end of the first week of April.
If his schedule holds Schultz expects his vessel to reach its final destination of Prescott by Monday.
He says while the winter weather ashore in the Great Lakes was relatively mild and quiet for much of the winter, it was quite windy on the open water.
Schultz notes the dropping water levels on the Lakes which is important to shipping.
He says every inch of draught taken up by his vessel represents 120 tons of cargo so if the Lake level drops by 10 inches that means a loss of around one thousand tons of cargo that can be carried.