Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Business of Shipping: Soo Locks’ Long-Awaited Upgrade

February 6, 2019

After 30-years, the long wait finally is over. In a move that largely flew under the industry’s radar, Washington recently committed to help fund the expansion/renovation of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a vital link in the nation’s supply chain. The original push for this Soo Locks upgrade dates back to 1986. The Water Resources…

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The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years

January 17, 2019

The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years 40.9 Million Tons of Cargo Moved; Exceptional Season for Grain, Dry Bulk & Liquid Bulk Shipments Washington, DC (January 17, 2019) – The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, recently completed its best year for…

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Growth in American Manufacturing & Construction Accelerates in Q4 2018, Fueled by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

December 19, 2018

Washington, DC (December 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through November of 36 million metric tons, a five percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were up by six percent over the same time in…

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Accepts ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Behalf of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, Declares December 12, 2018 ‘Great Lakes Maritime Day’

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2018) – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb accepted the “Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award” today from the federal official leading the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Pacesetter Award is the SLSDC’s flagship award, presented to U.S. Great Lakes ports that have registered significant increases in shipments of international cargo tonnage…

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New Soo Lock Receives $32 million

November 26, 2018

  DETROIT-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the New Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will receive $32,388,000 in the fiscal year 2019 work plan. The funds appropriated to the New Soo Lock project will be used to initiate deepening of the upstream approach channel. The funds are sufficient…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Tonnage Rises with Peak Season

November 19, 2018

Washington, DC (November 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through October of 30.5 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were also up by five percent over the same time…

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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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