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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in June

July 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.1 million tons in June , an increase of roughly one load in a 1,000-foot-long U.S.-flag freighter (laker). Shipments were, however, 8.7 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore shipments from U.S. ports through the Soo Locks totaled 5.6 million tons in…

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Partner Spotlight – Andrie, Inc.

July 19, 2018

Founded in 1988 by Barbara Andrie and currently run by her son Stan, Andrie, Inc. provides diverse marine transportation services to the Great Lakes region. Headquartered in Muskegon, Michigan, the family-owned company operates its own equipment and manages vessels for others, supporting the shipping and commercial maritime industries on the Great Lakes. Customer Service and…

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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 Ogdensburg, International Airport, Both Setting Records For Use

July 17, 2018

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is continuing to break records both in the number of travelers using its international airport, and regarding the amount of cargo being moved though its port on the St. Lawrence River, according to officials. In separate statements this week, OBPA officials announced that they had welcomed their…

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Fednav Adds 60th Owned Dry Bulk Vessel

July 17, 2018

Canada’s Fednav Limited takes ownership of a 60th bulk carrier, an important milestone in Fednav’s history. This vessel, the MV Federal Dee, is the latest in a series of 22 box-hold handysize bulk carriers of 34,500 deadweight tons ordered from Oshima Shipyard of Japan since 2013. As the world’s largest operator of ice-class dry-bulk carriers…

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Sen. Schumer Wants $5 million Upgrade to Seaway Visitor’s Center

July 17, 2018

Senator Charles Schumer wants the federal government to invest in a major upgrade for the visitor’s center at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Lock in Massena. At a press conference at center this week, Schumer focused first on the St. Lawrence Seaway Flanked by local lawmakers and business leaders, Schumer called the Seaway “vital,” saying “Good-paying…

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Great Lakes Towing Partners with Michigan Port

July 16, 2018

                          The Port of Monroe, Mich., has established an exclusive partnership with The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard, with the Cleveland-based company providing full service towing and shipyard services. Great Lakes Towing has relocated the 83’x21′ tug Wisconsin, and it is now permanently stationed…

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Global Trade Magazine’s Top 50 Power Ports

July 16, 2018

Ever since the first commercial transaction was conducted by sea at Florida’s Port of Jacksonville in 1562, Americans have relied on seaports to help move merchandise around the globe. Today, ports don’t just include sea ports, but airports and river ports, too. Between these three modes, importing and exporting goods has become faster and more reliable than…

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Soo Locks Could be Upgraded by 2030 if Federal Funding is Approved

July 16, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District estimates an upgrade to the Soo Locks could be completed by 2030 if the nearly $1 billion dollars in federal funding the undertaking would require is granted. Currently, the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie has two working locks for ships transporting iron and other materials throughout…

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New Soo Lock That Could Employ Thousands in Michigan Pushes Forward

July 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending a new supersize navigation lock be built in northern Michigan, advancing an enormous project that has been stalled for decades. Congressional sources first informed the Free Press on Friday morning about details of the report on condition of anonymity because the Corps had not made its analysis public. But members…

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Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to Build 740ft Self-Unloading Great Lakes Barge

July 16, 2018

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has signed an agreement with VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. to construct a new self-unloading barge for transportation of bulk products throughout the Great Lakes region. Measuring 740 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 37,512 DWT), the vessel will be constructed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. VanEnkevort Tug & Barge,…

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Historic Seaway Carrier Makes Last Trip Down St. Lawrence

July 3, 2018

White paint covers up most of her name. The American Victory, once a star of the Seaway, is slowly making her last trip down the St. Lawrence as the ‘‘Victo.” On Tuesday, she made her way through the Eisenhower locks in Massena, a vessel stripped to the bone and being towed by three tugs to…

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St. Lawrence Seaway

June 27, 2018

Create a seaway to connect the Great Lakes of North America to the Atlantic Ocean The St Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels linking the Great Lakes of Northern America with the Atlantic Ocean. Acknowledged as one of the outstanding engineering achievements of the 20th century, the seaway opened in 1959.…

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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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