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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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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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Victory Cruise Lines re-ups with CMI Leisure

December 5, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines is continuing its partnership with CMI Leisure following the success of its inaugural season under the management of American Queen Steamboat Co. Cruising on the Great Lakes, US and Canadian coasts, Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I and Victory II were acquired by American Queen Steamboat Co. in January this year and began their inaugural…

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Port’s cargo handling hauls in award in Belgium

December 3, 2019

Duluth Cargo Connect officials called from Antwerp on Tuesday with news that its bundled water, rail and roadway services won a major international award. The port of Duluth hauled in worldwide acclaim on Tuesday. Duluth Cargo Connect was selected 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year, in Antwerp, Belgium, by the publication “Heavy Lift and…

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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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Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor: Feeding the Region’s Economy Since 1970

November 21, 2019

The Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor is one of the Region’s somewhat hidden engines. Home to a vast amount of real estate, cargo, and industry, the harbor helps propel commerce not just around Northwest Indiana, but worldwide. The Port of Indiana was founded in 1965, right on Lake Michigan at the intersection of U.S.…

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Port of Oswego grabs $15M from state for expansion

November 19, 2019

The Port of Oswego is slated to receive $15 million in state funds to construct a state-of-the-art agricultural export center that would significantly increase the shipping hub’s capacity for grain and provide local farmers with better access to global markets. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $15 million in state funding Monday afternoon, part of the…

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Soo Locks design, channel deepening plans underway

November 19, 2019

A new 1,000-foot lock to join the vital Great Lakes complex By Rep. Jack Bergman – – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: When I came to Congress in January of 2017, I made the construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a top priority. Like many things in Washington, this goal didn’t come…

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Iron Range Ore Used in Steel for New Laker

November 15, 2019

Once complete, the ship will be the first new laker since 1983. Construction of the first U.S.-flagged laker in more than 35 years is underway, and it’s using steel produced from Minnesota iron ore. Commissioned by the Interlake Steamship Company, the future 639-foot freighter will be capable of carrying 28,000 gross tons of cargo and is being…

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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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Duluth Achieves Wind Energy Cargo Record

November 12, 2019

The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons set…

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Waiver obtained to allow soybean shipments from Port of Oswego to continue

November 11, 2019

A waiver has been obtained that will allow local soybean farmers and the Port of Oswego to export tons of exports to international markets. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Oct. 18 that he called and wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to obtain the waiver so the whole…

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Port of Duluth-Superior seeing record-breaking year

November 11, 2019

DULUTH, MN — Having a record year. That’s the message from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in the midst of the shipping season. “It’s been a good season so far. It’s been solid,” said Jayson Hron, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Hron said thanks to Mother Nature’s force the shipping…

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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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Port of Oswego Authority Receives $2.3 million from Lake Ontario REDI

November 8, 2019

  OSWEGO – A very positive outcome for the Port of Oswego at the Lake Ontario REDI project award announcement meeting last week. The Port received $2,310,000 for five projects which will be utilized to stabilize critical infrastructure, retain and increase jobs and create recreational opportunities for the community. Executive Director William W. Scriber said,…

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