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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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Soo Locks Improvements Finally Gaining Momentum?

June 26, 2018

  Long-sought improvements and upgrades to Michigan’s Soo Locks complex in Sault Ste. Marie, considered a vital linchpin to the nation’s economy and national security, appears to finally be getting some long overdue attention on multiple fronts, according to Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) National Legislative Counsel John Kran. “The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved the Water…

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Lakes Limestone Trade Up Nearly 4 Percent in May

June 26, 2018

    CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.745 million tons in May, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to a year ago. May’s loadings also bettered the month’s 5-year average by the same percent. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.155 million tons, an increase of 7.9 percent compared to a…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Honors Employees for Years of Service

June 26, 2018

                            MASSENA — Members of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) workforce were recently honored by SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook during a recognition ceremony. Corporation employees who have attained ‘length-of-service’ milestones for Department of Transportation (DOT) service and for…

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Cruise the Great Lakes

June 25, 2018

  In 2016, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers developed a strategy to rejuvenate the region’s maritime transportation system. Beyond actions to strengthen traditional maritime commerce, the strategy included steps to develop niche markets such as cruising into bigger economic drivers. Bringing more cruise ships to more of the region’s ports and cities represents…

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Water Levels: Now Versus Then, Lessons Learned

June 25, 2018

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the Lake Ontario level was 31 inches above the average and 3 inches above the record high, which was set in 1952. Widespread flooding was occurring in the Ottawa River Valley, Montreal, and along the shores of Lake Ontario. Newspapers and social media posted photos of…

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SLSDC Great Lakes Regional Initiative Continues into Third Year

June 25, 2018

The SLSDC has been better able to support Great Lakes ports, terminals, shippers, carriers, and labor to increase maritime trade. With the recent arrival of Ken Carey, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation’s Manager of Market Development, the two Seaway Corporations are continuing to expand and grow the Seaway maritime supply chain. Outreach to…

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Port of Lorain getting $2.5 million for dredging

June 18, 2018

                            Federal funding of $2.5 million will help keep the Port of Lorain’s shipping channel deep enough for freighters. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, announced the new money became available for port maintenance through the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress in March.…

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Soo Locks to Receive Major Overhaul

June 18, 2018

    Yesterday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its final FY2018 workplan detailing spending levels for Corps projects throughout the Great Lakes. As a reminder, the Corps decides final spending levels for each project based on the Administration’s original budget proposal, plus any additional funds made available to the Corps by Congress. Because…

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Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up 3.1 Percent in May

June 18, 2018

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.3 million tons in May, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to a year ago, and just about on par with the month’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.9 million tons in May, an increase of…

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U.S. House OKs Nolan’s Infrastructure Amendment For Soo Locks

June 14, 2018

Nolan and other Great Lakes representatives believe the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is vital to our national economy, national security and the nation’s infrastructure. “The Soo Locks are in danger of obsolescence due to outdated infrastructure. We badly need a new lock to be built – and millions of…

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Council Moves to Confirm New Port Director

June 14, 2018

Adam Schlicht has dreams of growing the port through international marketing. Members of the Common Council have given initial approval to the appointment of Adam Schlicht to lead the city’s port. Schlicht was nominated to head Port Milwaukee by Mayor Tom Barrett on May 30th. For the past ten years Schlicht, who grew up in…

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