Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

U.S. Grain Filling American Ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

October 15, 2020

Amidst these challenging times, overall tonnage across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is down 8 percent compared to this time last year. From the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, American and Canadian ports handled a total of 23.3 million metric tons (mt). In September, ports…

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Phase Two Contract Awarded for New Soo Lock Project

September 24, 2020

The second phase construction contract for the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to Kokosing Alberici LLC of Westerville, Ohio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Thursday. The much-anticipated mega-project will require three phases of construction. Kokosing Alberici’s $111 million contract to complete the second phase will stabilize the existing approach walls,…

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The Algoma Equinox

September 22, 2020

  SAULT STE. MARIE — In the early afternoon of Monday, Sept. 21, spectators could watch the Algoma Equinox travel through the St. Mary’s River as it was on its way to Thunder Bay, Canada. The Algoma Equinox is a bulk carrier built in 2013 in Tongzhou, China, and is sailing under the flag of…

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New Soo Lock Work Shifts To Round-The-Clock Construction

September 17, 2020

  SAULT STE, MARIE, MI – Round-the-clock work has begun at the Soo Locks. The Army Corps of Engineers, District Detroit, said Wednesday that phase one of an extensive, multiyear project to update existing locks and to create a new lock at the Upper Peninsula facility shifted into high gear on Sept. 8. To start,…

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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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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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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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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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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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New Seaway Tugboat Arrives in Massena, New York

July 20, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the arrival today of its new tugboat, the SEAWAY GUARDIAN, in Massena, New York. The vessel has been on a three-week journey through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana,…

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Uptick in Traditional Cargos & Steady International Shipments Moving on St. Lawrence Seaway

July 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system handled a diverse mix of inbound and outbound cargos from 20 countries through June, reporting strong activity with wind energy components as well as traditional Seaway cargos. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020—increased to…

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SLSDC Names New Associate Administrator for Massena, New York Operations

June 20, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that Mr. Gary Croot will assume the position of Associate Administrator of the SLSDC’s Massena, New York operations and facilities on July 5.  Mr. Croot replaces Mr. Thomas Lavigne, who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service at the…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Active with International Shipments, Moving Global Supply Chain

June 11, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system record particularly noteworthy increases in project cargo as they advance the global supply chain, trading with 22 countries during the first two months of the navigation season. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020—is situated…

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