Press Releases

Wind Energy Lifts Great Lakes Shipping in August

September 26, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in both traditional and project cargo for the month of August. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 22, 2019 through August 31, 2019 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway saw year-over-year (YOY) increases…

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Port of Oswego Earns 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

September 3, 2019

The Port of Oswego was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, recognizing an incredible forty-two percent increase in overall international cargo tonnage. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered…

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Lorain Port Authority Announces New Marina Operator

August 26, 2019

The Lorain Port Authority announced Aug. 1 it has reached a 10-year agreement with Oasis Marinas to operate the Port’s Lakeside Marina. The Annapolis, Md.-based company will make Lorain its first foothold in the Great Lakes to be called Oasis Marinas at Port Lorain. Oasis has marinas in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. “Our comprehensive operations and…

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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an…

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Port of Monroe Receives Fourth 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Port of Monroe was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an increase in…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an…

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Senator Rob Portman Named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

August 8, 2019

TOLEDO, OH – Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect our Waters and Grow our Regional Economy

July 17, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers gathered today for their 2019 Leadership Summit. The Governors and Premiers announced a series of actions on water, transportation, impact investing, and tourism. “The waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River unite our states and provinces,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Chair…

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Port of Chicago wants more funds to fix aging infrastructure

July 15, 2019

The inclusion of $35 million in funding for state port districts in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget is “awesome” but more money will be needed to repair the Port of Chicago‘s aging infrastructure, a port executive said. The Illinois Ports Association had requested $250 million for all 19 Illinois port districts, including $100 million for…

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Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes Roll through Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for First Time in History

July 15, 2019

PORTAGE, Ind. – For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago. Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $19 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic…

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Port of Muskegon Receives First Seaway Pacesetter Award

June 26, 2019

Port of Muskegon accepted their first Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. In conjunction with Port Milwaukee visiting the Port of Muskegon, Rebecca Yackley, International Trade Specialist at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), presented the award to Chuck Canestraight, President of Port City Marine Services, a Sand Products…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Port Infrastructure Development Program

June 19, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $292.7 Million Notice of Funding Opportunity   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. “This major investment in the Port Infrastructure Development Program will…

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Ports of Indiana Receives Green Marine Environmental Certification for All Ports, the First Network on Inland Waterway System

June 17, 2019

  The Ports of Indiana has received the coveted Green Marine certification for all three of its port locations for its commitment to advance environmental sustainability initiatives. It is the first state-wide port authority to achieve such distinction. Green Marine is a voluntary initiative to improve environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance in key areas such…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Hands-Free Mooring Technology Fully Operational at all St. Lawrence Seaway Locks

June 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced last week that Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) technology is fully deployed throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  The new technology revolutionizes the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is the most important technological advance since the Seaway’s opening in 1959. “This new technology…

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