Press Releases

Key Seaway Commodities See Growth in July

August 15, 2018

                        Washington, DC (August 15, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic remained steady during the month of July, with year-to-date total cargo shipments of 16.5 million metric tons. Total transits were up by 2.5 percent from the same time last year. Top performing cargoes…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 6, 2018

Honored for Continued Growth in International Tonnage Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2018) – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2017 season ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Accomplishments from their 2017 Navigation Season earned them the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency…

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Port of Monroe Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 3, 2018

Honored for Significant Growth in International Tonnage Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2018) – The Port of Monroe achieved a 123 percent growth in international tonnage in their 2017 Navigation Season on Wednesday July 25, 2018. For this, the port was honored with the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation…

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Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded more than $20 million in grants to support capital improvements at 29 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. MARAD’s Small Shipyard grant funding supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth. “These grants are an investment…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Diverse Cargo in June

July 26, 2018

Varied Cargo keeps Shipping Atop an Ever-Changing Economic World Washington, DC (July 26, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of June. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 29, 2018 through June 30,2018 were 12.1 million metric tons, a decrease of just over…

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Lakes Limestone Trade Surges in June

July 25, 2018

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,052,994 tons in June, an increase of more than 17 percent compared to a year ago. This June also represented the first month in which loadings topped 4 million tons since July 2015. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.2 million tons, an increase of 16.2…

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in June

July 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.1 million tons in June , an increase of roughly one load in a 1,000-foot-long U.S.-flag freighter (laker). Shipments were, however, 8.7 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore shipments from U.S. ports through the Soo Locks totaled 5.6 million tons in…

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New Economic Impact Study Finds Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Supports More Than 237,000 Jobs and Billions in Economic Activity

July 19, 2018

U.S Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 www.transportation.gov/briefingroom News WASHINGTON – According to a new study, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports more than 237,000 jobs, 147,500 of which are located in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states. In addition, the study found that…

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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Economic Impacts Study Results Released – Seaway System Shipping Supports Over 237,000 Jobs; $35 Billion in Economic Activity

July 18, 2018

Washington, DC (July 18, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces the release of Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made…

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Port of Ogdensburg, International Airport, Both Setting Records For Use

July 17, 2018

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is continuing to break records both in the number of travelers using its international airport, and regarding the amount of cargo being moved though its port on the St. Lawrence River, according to officials. In separate statements this week, OBPA officials announced that they had welcomed their…

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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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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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Detroit Port Authority to Get $500,000 for Brownfield Cleanup

June 14, 2018

DETROIT — The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority is getting $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up contaminated brownfield sites. The EPA says the funding is part of a program that helps communities reuse vacant and abandoned properties by making them available for housing, recreation, open space, health facilities, social services and other…

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Photos Show 3 Thousand-Foot Freighters Converging Near Michigan’s Soo Locks

June 14, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Ship lovers got a treat in recent days when three of the Great Lakes’ massive thousand-footers where gathered at the Soo Locks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. David Kaye got some great pictures of the heavyweight trio in the Soo Harbor last Friday, and agreed to share them with MLive readers.…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Gains in Traditional Cargoes in May

June 13, 2018

Continued Demand for Raw Materials Keeps Seaway Traffic Above 5-Year Average Washington, DC (June 13, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported overall gains in traditional cargoes through the month of May, with shipments of coal, grain, liquid bulk and general cargoes totaling 4.67 million metric tons (mt) – keeping Seaway traffic above the five-year…

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