Six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System earned the SLSDC’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The SLSDC annually recognizes U.S. Great Lakes ports that increase international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway compared to the previous year. Since the award was first issued 26 years ago, the SLSDC has distributed more than 140 Pacesetter Awards to 14 different U.S. ports in the Great Lakes Seaway system.
The six recipients of the Pacesetter Award for 2017 are:
- the Port of Chicago (Ill.)
- the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Ohio)
- the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor (Ind.)
- the Port of Lorain (Ohio)
- the Port of Monroe (Mich.)
- Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Ohio)
The Pacesetter Award serves as a way to raise awareness among the wider community about how important ports are as assets not just to local communities, but to the region and nation as well.
“Congratulations to the six Great Lakes ports being recognized as Pacesetter Award recipients for their achievements during the 2017 navigation season,” said SLSDC’s Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. “The Seaway System realized a 9 percent tonnage increase from 2016 to 2017, with a 25 percent increase in U.S. export cargoes. This strong performance reflects the commitment, hard work, and vision of the teams of professionals at these ports.”