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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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Gary Peters secures Senate approval for $9M Great Lakes funding increase

November 1, 2019

Senate approval of an additional $9 million in funding for Great Lakes cleanup could open the door for larger federal investment in the future. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, led an effort increasing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $310 million through a government appropriations bill passed in the Senate Thursday. Both chambers of…

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St. Lawrence Seaway shipping boosted by diverse cargo mix

October 30, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include: Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke —…

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Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season recently, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany.

October 30, 2019

Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year. Increasingly, Milwaukee has become a turnaround point, so passengers start and end their itineraries in the city, which has meant additional business for local attractions and…

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Duluth Cargo Connect wins worldwide Heavy Lift Award

October 30, 2019

Today in Antwerp, Belgium, Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International selected Duluth Cargo Connect as the publication’s 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year. An international panel of industry experts selected the award winners. HLPFI established the Heavy Lift Awards to recognize excellence in complex logistics, transport and engineering projects around the world. Duluth Cargo…

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Transportation Secretary Chao Commemorates St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 28, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a Sept. 24 ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. “For 60 years, the St. Lawrence Seaway has been a safe and reliable gateway for global commerce, further demonstrating our nation’s strong and strategic…

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Great Lakes lines welcome CBP’s modified passenger processing

October 18, 2019

With cruise business growing in the Great Lakes, stakeholders are pleased about US Customs and Border Protection’s recently approved modified cruise passenger process. Great Lakes cruises are characterized by their multiple calls at US and Canadian ports. This has meant that each time a ship arrives in the US from Canada, CBP carried out a…

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Shipping at Port of Green Bay remains ahead of 2018 pace

October 18, 2019

Shipping traffic through the Port of Green Bay remains strong. Port officials say 314,000 tons of goods moved through the port in September, bringing the total for the year to more than 1.6 million tons. That is 17% ahead of 2018’s pace. Leading products are domestic limestone imports, up 64% over last year; petroleum imports,…

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Duluth-Superior port on pace for banner year

October 18, 2019

Wheat, wind turbines helping boost tonnage total while high-water levels present “challenge and opportunity” An increase in overseas wheat exports from the port of Duluth-Superior is keeping the port’s overall tonnage on pace to beat its 2018 totals and five-year average. Through Aug. 31, exports of grain were up 5% compared to the same time…

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Wind energy lifts Great Lakes shipping in August

October 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of August, Seaway officials said Tuesday. For the year-to-date, however, total cargo shipments for the period from March 22 through Aug. 31 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway…

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Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade

October 18, 2019

Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade. They’ll be led by Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. Kaptur is chairwoman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. Joining them Friday in…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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International shipping on the Great Lakes down by 6% this year, but busy season kicking off

October 17, 2019

International cargo shipments on the Great Lakes are down 6% so far this year. The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. reported that in September shipments of salt rose 14.9%, cement and clinkers by 2.2%, coke by 10.9%, gypsum by 21.8% and ores and concentrates by 47.6%. “As we head into the busiest few months…

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Milwaukee Doubles Number of Cruise Ships to its Port in 2019

October 8, 2019

City Welcomes 10th Vessel This Year, Concluding Season Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season this week, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany. Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year. Increasingly,…

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