Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

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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Seaway Visitors’ Center Opens May 25th

May 25, 2018

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) is announcing that today the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center, located at the U. S. Eisenhower Lock, will open to the public and remain open daily, including weekends, through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. The Visitors’ Center hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.…

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SLSDC Announces Port Winners of 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The six ports earning the Pacesetter Award…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System: 2017 By The Numbers

April 13, 2018
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St. Lawrence Seaway Begins 60th Navigation Season

April 12, 2018

  Washington – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) joined with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) to mark the opening of the Seaway’s 60th navigation season today. The official opening ceremony of the binational waterway took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, with Canadian Transport Deputy Minister Michael Keenan attending as honored…

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Recognizing Opportunity: Insights from a Storied Career

April 2, 2018

  I have been extremely fortunate to have spent over 46 consecutive years as a vessel agent. My Dad was a Group One telephone repairman (Ma Bell). My Dad’s father was a railroad worker, whose job entailed using a very steady steel bar (lining bar) to literally hand pull rail tracks to redirect train traffic. My…

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