Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Great Lakes Execs Tout Economic Success at Annual Meeting

November 5, 2018

Shipping is a “pillar” for quality of life; Michigan benefits Celebrating the success of the region’s economy was the main event as Great Lakes commissioners gathered in Indianapolis last week for their annual meeting. Presentations by Great Lakes shipping interests painted a positive picture for the industry. A study presented by the Great Lakes Commission…

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Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Hwy H20 Conference

October 23, 2018

The 14th Annual Hwy H2 O Conference will take place November 13–15, 2018 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel. This well-established event, as organized by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), and a binational conference committee of U.S. and Canadian delegations, is the only conference that…

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SLSDC Participates in Emergency Exercise

October 23, 2018

              On August 16, 2018, an all-day Exercise was held in Massena, N.Y. to deploy 300 feet of oil boom using two SLSDC workboats and was conducted to test the feasibility of protecting the Massena Intake. The scenario was centered around a tank ship running hard aground at Richards…

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U.S. Seaway Begins Transition to Hands-Free Mooring Technology

October 23, 2018

In September, the SLSDC moved one step closer toward installing Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) technology at its locks. SLSDC employees have been working diligently to install the HFM operating equipment and controls in preparation for the manufacturer’s final on-site testing and certification. As a result, HFM technology is scheduled to be commissioned at Eisenhower Lock this…

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New Tug Keel-Laying

October 23, 2018

                                In late June, SLSDC Associate Administrator, Thomas Lavigne, and Executive Officer, Mike Howard, traveled to Houma, Louisiana for the keel-laying ceremony for the Corporation’s new tug which is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard. The keel-laying marks the…

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U.S. Great Lakes Ports Meeting in Erie, PA

October 23, 2018

                            This year, the Port of Erie (Pa.) was the host to the annual summer meeting of the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA), and once again the meeting provided participants with extensive information on various topics related to shipping on the…

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2017 Pacesetter Awards Presented to U.S. Ports

October 23, 2018

Six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System earned the SLSDC’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The SLSDC annually recognizes U.S. Great Lakes ports that increase international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway compared to…

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Senator Chuck Schumer Visits Eisenhower Lock

October 23, 2018

                            On July 3, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) traveled to the Eisenhower Lock for a brief visit and press conference. Senator Schumer was interested in seeing the SLSDC facilities and communicating his support for the Seaway, and in particular, the Asset…

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New Seaway Anchorages Approved at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point

October 23, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard has approved new anchorages at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point, effective as of July 30, 2018. This will allow Seaway pilots that anchor to await a relief at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point to leave the vessel and be relieved of that duty. The request for designated anchorages in the Cape…

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Economic Impact Study Reaches Far-Ranging Audiences

October 19, 2018

From Boston to Baton Rouge; from Honolulu to Houston; from Minneapolis to Montgomery; and many, many points in between, news of the new study, Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region was covered by multiple media markets across the country and saw widespread reach through social media channels. From its release…

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BUCKLE UP! New Beginnings at Port Milwaukee

October 19, 2018

On August 6, 2018, I assumed office as Director of Port Milwaukee after spending the last ten years of my career at U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and, in particular, as an employee of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). The decision to leave the Seaway was difficult; my time working at the SLSDC has…

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Deputy Administrator’s Column: An Updated New Economic Impact Study of the Great Lakes Seaway System Released

October 19, 2018

The July release of “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes — St. Lawrence Region” was a landmark achievement. This study updates the previous binational economic impact study completed in 2011. It also represents the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis ever completed of the U.S. and Canadian impacts and benefits of commercial navigation in…

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Seaway Tonnage: Midseason Update

October 19, 2018

  After a slow start to the 2018 navigation season, steady gains in cargo movements and transits in July and August have put overall Seaway cargo tonnage on the rise. Commercial cargo shipments through August totaled 21.4 million metric tons (mmt), a 4 percent increase when compared to the same time period in 2017. This…

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U.S. Agriculture & Domestic Steel Reinforced by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

October 17, 2018

Best Month on Record for St. Lawrence Seaway System Traffic During 2018 Navigation Season Washington, DC (October 17, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports overall gains for the St. Lawrence Seaway with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through September of 25.7 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last…

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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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