Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

August Shipping Remains Steady

September 19, 2018

U.S. ships on the Great Lakes carried 10 million tons of cargo last month, similar to August 2017’s totals and in line with the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos topped 5 million tons for the month of August, up 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to numbers released by the Lake Carriers’…

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Strong Seaway Tonnage Numbers Realized in August

September 18, 2018

                                Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic continues to see steady growth in 2018 with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through August of 21.4 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same time frame…

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Key Seaway Commodities See Growth in July

August 15, 2018

                        Washington, DC (August 15, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic remained steady during the month of July, with year-to-date total cargo shipments of 16.5 million metric tons. Total transits were up by 2.5 percent from the same time last year. Top performing cargoes…

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Port of Monroe Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 3, 2018

Honored for Significant Growth in International Tonnage Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2018) – The Port of Monroe achieved a 123 percent growth in international tonnage in their 2017 Navigation Season on Wednesday July 25, 2018. For this, the port was honored with the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Diverse Cargo in June

July 26, 2018

Varied Cargo keeps Shipping Atop an Ever-Changing Economic World Washington, DC (July 26, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of June. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 29, 2018 through June 30,2018 were 12.1 million metric tons, a decrease of just over…

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New Economic Impact Study Finds Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Supports More Than 237,000 Jobs and Billions in Economic Activity

July 19, 2018

U.S Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 www.transportation.gov/briefingroom News WASHINGTON – According to a new study, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports more than 237,000 jobs, 147,500 of which are located in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states. In addition, the study found that…

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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Economic Impacts Study Results Released – Seaway System Shipping Supports Over 237,000 Jobs; $35 Billion in Economic Activity

July 18, 2018

Washington, DC (July 18, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces the release of Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made…

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Port of Lorain Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

June 27, 2018

Honored for Strong International Shipping Performance Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2018) – The Port of Lorain reported a 100 percent increase in international traffic during the 2017 navigation season, earning it the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Craig H.…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Honors Employees for Years of Service

June 26, 2018

                            MASSENA — Members of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) workforce were recently honored by SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook during a recognition ceremony. Corporation employees who have attained ‘length-of-service’ milestones for Department of Transportation (DOT) service and for…

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Cruise the Great Lakes

June 25, 2018

  In 2016, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers developed a strategy to rejuvenate the region’s maritime transportation system. Beyond actions to strengthen traditional maritime commerce, the strategy included steps to develop niche markets such as cruising into bigger economic drivers. Bringing more cruise ships to more of the region’s ports and cities represents…

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Water Levels: Now Versus Then, Lessons Learned

June 25, 2018

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the Lake Ontario level was 31 inches above the average and 3 inches above the record high, which was set in 1952. Widespread flooding was occurring in the Ottawa River Valley, Montreal, and along the shores of Lake Ontario. Newspapers and social media posted photos of…

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SLSDC Great Lakes Regional Initiative Continues into Third Year

June 25, 2018

The SLSDC has been better able to support Great Lakes ports, terminals, shippers, carriers, and labor to increase maritime trade. With the recent arrival of Ken Carey, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation’s Manager of Market Development, the two Seaway Corporations are continuing to expand and grow the Seaway maritime supply chain. Outreach to…

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U.S. House OKs Nolan’s Infrastructure Amendment For Soo Locks

June 14, 2018

Nolan and other Great Lakes representatives believe the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is vital to our national economy, national security and the nation’s infrastructure. “The Soo Locks are in danger of obsolescence due to outdated infrastructure. We badly need a new lock to be built – and millions of…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Gains in Traditional Cargoes in May

June 13, 2018

Continued Demand for Raw Materials Keeps Seaway Traffic Above 5-Year Average Washington, DC (June 13, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported overall gains in traditional cargoes through the month of May, with shipments of coal, grain, liquid bulk and general cargoes totaling 4.67 million metric tons (mt) – keeping Seaway traffic above the five-year…

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A New Navigation Lock for the Upper Great Lakes

June 4, 2018

  By Harry Valentine U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced his support to build a new navigation lock between Lakes Superior and Huron, presently the location of a largest navigation lock between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Any malfunction of the lock could halt ship transportation between these two lakes and inflict a…

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