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Midseason Tonnage Report: Lows And Highs During A Pandemic

September 17, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — After an early summer surge, maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior slowed atypically in August, amidst a tepid recovery from COVID-induced lows. Total tonnage stood 31 percent behind the 2019 pace through Aug. 31, driven primarily by declines in coal and iron ore tonnage (down 59 percent and 26 percent, respectively).…

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The St. Lawrence Seaway System: U.S. Farmers’ Key Advantage for Competing Globally

September 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System traded with a total of 32 countries in August. Shipments of commodities including wind energy components and gypsum remained strong, while exports of agricultural products picked up pace. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020—increased…

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North America’s Critical Link: Illinois International Port District Earns 2019 Pacesetter Award

September 3, 2020

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership applauds the Illinois International Port District for earning a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes their efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. “We’re humbled to be acknowledged and we’re proud of what it signifies. It shows those related, affected by and connected to…

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PA House Unanimously Adopts Sept. 7th As Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day

September 2, 2020

The PA House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Sept. 7, 2020 as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day. State Rep. Pat Harkins says H.R. 984 highlights the unique ways Lake Erie benefits the Commonwealth. “Those of us who call this region home have a special connection to Lake Erie, which is a huge part of our…

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Edwin H. Gott Makes Its Way To Ohio Through Soo Locks

August 28, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Edwin H. Gott passed through the Soo Locks on Thursday afternoon. The Edwin H. Gott is a 1,004-foot self-discharging bulk carrier owned and operated by Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. The ship was built in 1979 in Wisconsin and has a carrying capacity of 2,105,527 cubic feet. Originally, the Edwin H.…

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Ports Of Indiana Handles Project Cargoes For Michigan Power Plant Project

August 25, 2020

  The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is handling the primary shipments for a $1 billion natural gas fired power plant project at the Indeck Niles Energy Center in Michigan. More than 600 pieces of cargo, some weighing up to 300 tons and 100-feet long, are being shipped through the northern Indiana port destined for Niles,…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Plays Critical Role in Global Cargo Movement

August 20, 2020

American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system traded with a total of 29 countries in July. Shipments of commodities including wind energy components, asphalt and steel slab all showed notable increases. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020—increased to 15.6…

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DOT Commissioner Visits Port Authority

August 17, 2020

OSWEGO – On Thursday of last week the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner, Marie Therese Dominguez, came to the Port Of Oswego Authority to be briefed on the Port improvements and expansion projects, which total upwards of $26 million, and are currently underway at the Port of Oswego. “The Port of Oswego Authority…

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Lake Carriers’ Appreciation For House Appropriations Supporting The Great Lakes

August 14, 2020

The House Appropriations Committee has approved $123 million for construction of the Soo Lock. This would be the largest single year amount received so far in a fiscal year for one of the largest infrastructure projects ever in the Great Lakes region. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds the House Committee for the approval of the…

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Army Corps Gearing Up For Next Phase Of Lock Construction

August 12, 2020

  SAULT STE. MARIE — Soo Lock construction is set to shift into the next phase, Phase 2, of construction in September. This construction, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is to facilitate the construction of a new Poe-sized lock in place of the existing Davis and…

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The Port of Green Bay Sees a Dip in Cargo Shipments in July

August 11, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – After a strong start to the shipping season for the Port of Green Bay, tonnage tapered off in July with just less than 170,000 tons of cargo moving through the Port last month. For the 2020 shipping season, which began in mid-March, 907,697 tons of cargo has gone through the Port…

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Minnesota’s Port On ‘Hwy H2O’

August 10, 2020

Port of Duluth-Superior was a major grain trade focus in the 1980s. Market shifts have cut the lake trade volume as market supply and demand has shifted.     DULUTH, Minn. — In 1985, the Port of Duluth-Superior was the key focus of grain exports from the Upper Midwest, and the first cover story when…

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Historic International Shipments Earn Port of Monroe 2019 Pacesetter Award

August 6, 2020

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership applauds the Port of Monroe for earning a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes their efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. The Port of Monroe received the Pacesetter Award five times out of the last seven seasons beginning in 2012. “Above…

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Three New Members Appointed To Ogdensburg Bridge And Port Authority

July 30, 2020

  OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority will have a full complement of board members when it next meets in August. Three new members were nominated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the New York State Senate on July 23. Joining the board will be Jennifer Quirk-Pickman, a retired elementary school…

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A New Way To See Grain Movements In Port Of Duluth-Superior

July 26, 2020

Once capable of moving 10 million tons of grain on the water annually, the local Port Authority explains how market adjustments have made for a modern capacity that continues to have untold reach.     Earlier this summer, a reader wrote in wondering how there could be such a disparity between grain shipments in Thunder…

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