Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Keeps Pace with Five-Year Average

December 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced that traffic is on pace with the Seaway’s five-year average. Through November, Great Lakes vessel operators moved a combined 34.04 million metric tons of cargo. Year-to-date overall tonnage is 6.4 percent behind 2018’s record-breaking season (compared to this time last year). As the navigation season nears its end, dry…

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Seaway Employees Receive U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary’s Award

December 2, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao honored employees from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at the 52nd Annual Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary’s Awards Ceremony. At the event, held yesterday in Washington, DC, the Secretary recognized individuals and teams across DOT who performed their duties in an exemplary manner to meet the…

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Made in NNY Minute: The story of The Eisenhower Lock

November 14, 2019

Thomas LaVigne of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation tells ABC50’s Josh Baughn about The Eisenhower Lock. There are a number of stories about people, places and things that are unique to Northern New York. They make up the fabric of who we are. Made in NNY Minutes are designed to share these stories. Learn…

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High Water Levels Necessitate Additional Safety Measures

November 8, 2019

This summer, the water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River again rose above the record high for this time of year that was set in 1952. Due to record inflows from Lake Erie and persistent precipitation around Lake Ontario in May and June, water levels on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and in…

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Soo Locks Upgrade Looks For State Funding

November 5, 2019

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) – The head of a company that operates huge freighters between Duluth-Superior and other Great Lakes ports says they’re in “very preliminary discussions” with state lawmakers about Minnesota helping fund a major upgrade of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker warns if the…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $6 Million in Funding for New Visitors’ Center at Eisenhower Lock

October 30, 2019

MASSENA, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. Secretary Chao was joined by Transport Canada Director General of Marine Policy Marc-Yves Bertin, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, (R-NY), U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig…

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Transportation Secretary Chao Commemorates St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 28, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a Sept. 24 ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. “For 60 years, the St. Lawrence Seaway has been a safe and reliable gateway for global commerce, further demonstrating our nation’s strong and strategic…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Highlights Economic Impact

October 26, 2019

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership hosted Capitol Day in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday to meet with Governor Tim Walz and other key legislators to share insights on the critical role of the Great Lakes Seaway system in maintaining a vibrant regional, national and global economy. “Commercial navigation on the Great Lakes Seaway system is an…

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Great Lakes shipping executives float Soo Locks funding ask in St. Paul

October 23, 2019

ST. PAUL — U.S. and International steamship executives, Great Lakes port authority directors and development officials on Tuesday, Oct. 22, traveled to the Minnesota Capitol to highlight the economic value of shipping on the Great Lakes. In visits with lawmakers, economic development, transportation and pollution control commissioners as well as with Gov. Tim Walz, the…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 22, 2019

Cornwall Ontario – Hands-free mooring technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new technology has been hailed as the most important technological advance on the Seaway since it opened in 1959. Earlier this year, the Seaway…

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Wind energy lifts Great Lakes shipping in August

October 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of August, Seaway officials said Tuesday. For the year-to-date, however, total cargo shipments for the period from March 22 through Aug. 31 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway…

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Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade

October 18, 2019

Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade. They’ll be led by Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. Kaptur is chairwoman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. Joining them Friday in…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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International shipping on the Great Lakes down by 6% this year, but busy season kicking off

October 17, 2019

International cargo shipments on the Great Lakes are down 6% so far this year. The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. reported that in September shipments of salt rose 14.9%, cement and clinkers by 2.2%, coke by 10.9%, gypsum by 21.8% and ores and concentrates by 47.6%. “As we head into the busiest few months…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Boosted by Diverse Cargo Mix in September, Heading into Peak Season

October 16, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include:  Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke — 929,000 metric tons;…

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