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Great Lakes ports forecast strong shipping season

March 29, 2019

By: Joseph S. Pete, The Times Great Lakes ports are forecasting a “stellar” shipping season after the St. Lawrence Seaway reopened on Tuesday, allowing hulking international cargo ships known as salties to pass through to Midwestern ports including the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. While cargoes were slightly down in Burns Harbor, many other ports saw…

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Port of Cleveland’s new operator could pump up volume

March 27, 2019

By: Jay Miller   The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will start the upcoming shipping season with a new general cargo handler. Montreal-based Logistec Corp. will become exclusive marine terminal operator as of April 1. Port Authority officials believe Logistec will help expand the Port of Cleveland’s cargo handling operations. Since 2017, Logistec has operated the 45-acre Cleveland Bulk Terminal…

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Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days

March 27, 2019

Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days: Two Ships Now Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Are Headed Here   The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but, already, two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship Federal Barents and the Polsteam vessel Irma are in the North…

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2019 Shipping Season Opens at St. Lawrence Seaway

March 27, 2019

    As the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened for business yesterday (March 26), U.S. Great Lakes ports are predicting the shipping season will mirror last year’s stellar performance. In 2018, many U.S. Great Lakes ports recorded their highest cargo totals in recent years, with strong volumes of iron ore, petroleum products, construction products and…

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Indiana Senate asks governor to designate day for celebrating the Great Lakes

March 27, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Look at any map of North America, and there’s no question that Indiana is located nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean. But if you follow the ocean a little bit north of Maine, you’ll find the St. Lawrence River. Trace it past Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, into Lake Ontario and then onward through…

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AERIAL PHOTOS: Icebreakers headed to Niagara

March 27, 2019

By: Nathaniel Johnson Two Canadian Coast Guard vessels will make their way to the Welland Canal ahead of its opening Friday to break ice at Port Colborne and set buoys along the length of the waterway. Carol Launderville, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard out of Sarnia, said the CCGS Pierre Radisson will head to Ontario…

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Fednav Participates in Seaway’s 60th-Anniversary Celebrations

March 27, 2019

BY MAREX 2019-03-26 17:08:12 Fednav today inaugurated the 61st season of the St. Lawrence Seaway with its vessel, the Federal Kumano. At a ceremony at the Saint-Lambert Lock and in the presence of many dignitaries, Fednav’s president launched the celebrations surrounding the company’s 75th anniversary. Founded in 1944 in Toronto by the Pathy family, the company moved to…

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Soo Locks’ first ship of 2019 is Great Lakes’ first 1,000-foot freighter

March 27, 2019

  03/25/2019 By: Tanda Gmiter SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks. The Stewart J. Cort arrived at the lock system just…

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Soo Locks refilled with 73M gallons of water, Coast Guard cutters sent to break ice in Lake Superior

March 25, 2019

03/20/2019 By Tanda Gmiter | MLive Soo Locks Gets Ready for Opening Day SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – After being shut down for its annual winter maintenance since late January, there was a flurry of activity at Michigan’s Soo Locks this week as two of the huge, empty chambers were refilled with 73 million gallons of…

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Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season

March 21, 2019

SLSDC 01-19 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Contact:  Nancy Alcalde Tel.:  (202) 366-0091   Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season   WASHINGTON – In order to prepare for the 2019 shipping season, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has dedicated the winter shutdown season to investing in critical capital investment projects at…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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Army Corps announces $75.3 million for second lock at Soo Locks

March 20, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposal that included $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. The announcement was made on March 12 as the department proposed its 2020 fiscal budget. “This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great…

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‘Rebirth’ of Port of Monroe related at Chamber event

March 20, 2019

“The golden years of this industry is where we want to be again,” Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, told the audience. Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, promotes the recent burst of activity at the Port of Monroe as a “rebirth” — and he was happy…

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New Soo Lock Could Bring Mega Boom to Area Economy

March 20, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – More than 1,000 high quality jobs could be shipping into Sault Ste. Marie with plans of a new Soo Lock coming closer and closer to fruition. Upwards of $32 million has been secured for the 2019 fiscal year to help design and start initial construction of the project, and with…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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