Press Releases

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Accepts ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Behalf of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, Declares December 12, 2018 ‘Great Lakes Maritime Day’

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2018) – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb accepted the “Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award” today from the federal official leading the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Pacesetter Award is the SLSDC’s flagship award, presented to U.S. Great Lakes ports that have registered significant increases in shipments of international cargo tonnage…

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New Soo Lock Receives $32 million

November 26, 2018

  DETROIT-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the New Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will receive $32,388,000 in the fiscal year 2019 work plan. The funds appropriated to the New Soo Lock project will be used to initiate deepening of the upstream approach channel. The funds are sufficient…

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Cruise Ships Could Dock at Komatsu Mining’s Planned Milwaukee Headquarters

November 20, 2018

Port of Milwaukee officials want to make the waterfront at Komatsu Mining Corp.’s planned headquarters campus an overnight docking spot for some of the biggest cruise ships in the Great Lakes. The port is actively pursuing more business from the Great Lakes cruise industry, said Adam Schlicht, port director. Historically, Milwaukee attracted about four or…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Tonnage Rises with Peak Season

November 19, 2018

Washington, DC (November 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through October of 30.5 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were also up by five percent over the same time…

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Port of Toledo Supports $669 Million in Economic Activity and More Than 7,000 Jobs

October 18, 2018

                              TOLEDO, Ohio, October 18, 2018 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is pleased to share the results of The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership’s Economic Impacts of the Port of Toledo, a report documenting the many contributions made by the Port…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers Launch Cruise The Great Lakes

October 18, 2018

Initiative Aims to Bring More Cruise Passengers to Great Lakes (MACKINAC ISLAND, MI) – Against the backdrop of a cruise ship docked at Mackinac Island, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today helped launch “Cruise the Great Lakes,” a new international partnership to bring more cruise passengers to the Great Lakes. “Cruise the Great Lakes” is the…

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U.S. Agriculture & Domestic Steel Reinforced by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

October 17, 2018

Best Month on Record for St. Lawrence Seaway System Traffic During 2018 Navigation Season Washington, DC (October 17, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports overall gains for the St. Lawrence Seaway with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through September of 25.7 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last…

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Tanks, A Lot!

October 2, 2018

                    PORTAGE, Ind. (September 14, 2018) – At the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, it was smooth “ale-ing” this week for the bulk carrier M/V Federal Mackinac as it arrived carrying 12 brewery tanks destined for a Michigan brewery. Each cylindrical brewery tank can hold the equivalent…

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Cruising the Great Lakes

September 27, 2018

International partnership aims to boost tourism TRAVERSE CITY — A view of the bay soon will feature more floating steel. One passenger vessel, the MS Hamburg, already stops here twice a year, and is scheduled to anchor in Traverse City this fall on Sept. 30 and Oct. 15, from 2-7 p.m. Another cruise ship, still…

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Port of Ogdensburg Agriculture Project Complete as Grain Shipments Grow

September 27, 2018

OGDENSBURG — A multimillion-dollar project to build new grain bins at the Port of Ogdensburg has been completed, laying the groundwork for increased usage of the facility for the movement and storage of the agricultural commodity. The port’s enhanced capacity to store and move grain through the region comes at a time when grain shipments…

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Port of Oswego Economic Impacts Study Released – Supports $26.7 Million in Economic Activity, Over 209 Jobs

September 24, 2018

Washington, DC (September 25, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces the release of Economic Impacts of the Port of Oswego, a report documenting the many contributions made by the Port and Great Lakes Seaway Shipping to the City of Oswego, Oswego County, State of New York and Great Lakes region. The study reports…

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August Shipping Remains Steady

September 19, 2018

U.S. ships on the Great Lakes carried 10 million tons of cargo last month, similar to August 2017’s totals and in line with the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos topped 5 million tons for the month of August, up 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to numbers released by the Lake Carriers’…

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Strong Seaway Tonnage Numbers Realized in August

September 18, 2018

                                Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic continues to see steady growth in 2018 with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through August of 21.4 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same time frame…

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Illinois International Port District Supports $820.4 Million in Economic Activity, Over 6,381 Jobs

September 13, 2018

Washington, DC (September 13, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces the release of Economic Impacts of the Port of Chicago, a report documenting the many contributions made by the Illinois International Port District (IIPD) and Great Lakes Seaway Shipping to the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois and Great Lakes region.…

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Port of Erie Economic Impacts Study Results Released – Supports Over 757 Jobs & Contributes $90.8 Million in Economic Activity 

September 12, 2018

Washington, DC (September 12, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces the release of Economic Impacts of the Port of Erie, a report documenting the many contributions made by the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority and Great Lakes Seaway Shipping to the City of Erie, Erie County, State of Pennsylvania and Great Lakes region. The study reports that in 2017 the Port of Erie and maritime commerce…

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