American Great Lakes Ports Association

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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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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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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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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Robust June Cargo Tonnage for the Port of Green Bay

July 7, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – With imports of nearly 110,000 tons of foreign salt and 73,000 tons of limestone, June was a strong month for tonnage moving into and out of the Port of Green Bay. Total imports and exports hit nearly 288,000 tons in June to move the year-to-date totals 3% ahead of the same time…

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Port Welcomes Largest Project In History

June 24, 2020

    The port will be called on 14 times for the project, handling about 560 wind tower segments in total. Wind energy components are breezing through ports across the Great Lakes this shipping season. The trend is benefiting the Port of Monroe, which is in the midst of handling one of its largest cargo…

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Ports Of Indiana Earns Grant To Develop Steel Barge Shuttle At Jeffersonville Port

June 17, 2020

JEFFERSONVILLE — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded a Marine Highway Grant to the Ports of Indiana to develop a steel barge shuttle with Nucor Steel at its Jeffersonville port. This project will create supply chain efficiencies for Nucor and the private sector partners as well as generate public benefits by…

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EPA Selects Stollenwerk For Federal Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today its appointees to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a federal committee established to provide ongoing recommendations regarding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. The appointees included Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority director…

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