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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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Soo Locks Upgrade Looks For State Funding

November 5, 2019

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) – The head of a company that operates huge freighters between Duluth-Superior and other Great Lakes ports says they’re in “very preliminary discussions” with state lawmakers about Minnesota helping fund a major upgrade of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker warns if the…

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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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STATES PUSH SOO LOCK FUNDING ON CAPITOL HILL

November 1, 2019

In partnership with AGLPA and the Lake Carriers Association, the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers sponsored a lobbying day at the U.S. Capitol on October 17th to push for efficient funding of the new Soo Lock project. Vanta Coda, CEO of Ports of Indiana, represented Great Lakes ports at the event. The Congressional…

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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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Salt supply pours in at Port of Milwaukee ahead of winter

October 29, 2019

The salt piles at the Port of Milwaukee have gotten sneakily larger as winter approaches. Port Director Adam Schlicht said it’s been a “banner year” at the Port of Milwaukee, and salt shipments are no exception. “Salt shipments here are up 46, almost 47% compared to this time last year,” he said. Last year, a…

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USS Indianapolis sets sail for home port in Florida

October 29, 2019

  After a week at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and a historic U.S. Navy commissioning ceremony that may never take place again in largely landlocked Indiana, the USS Indianapolis Littoral Combat Ship set sail Tuesday morning for its home base in Florida. The $450 million ship tasked for mine warfare, the fourth to bear…

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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 Seaway Shipping Highlights Economic Impact

October 26, 2019

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership hosted Capitol Day in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday to meet with Governor Tim Walz and other key legislators to share insights on the critical role of the Great Lakes Seaway system in maintaining a vibrant regional, national and global economy. “Commercial navigation on the Great Lakes Seaway system is an…

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

October 24, 2019

ALBANY – 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…

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Great Lakes shipping executives float Soo Locks funding ask in St. Paul

October 23, 2019

ST. PAUL — U.S. and International steamship executives, Great Lakes port authority directors and development officials on Tuesday, Oct. 22, traveled to the Minnesota Capitol to highlight the economic value of shipping on the Great Lakes. In visits with lawmakers, economic development, transportation and pollution control commissioners as well as with Gov. Tim Walz, the…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 22, 2019

Cornwall Ontario – Hands-free mooring 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. The new technology has been hailed as the most important technological advance on the Seaway since it opened in 1959. Earlier this year, the Seaway…

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Port of Green Bay Headed for Best Year in a Decade

October 22, 2019

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Port of Green Bay is on pace for its best shipping season in more than a decade. When it comes to the number of ships and amount of cargo sailing into the Port of Green Bay each year, Port Director Dean Haen says two factors come into play. “The economy…

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