Press Releases

The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Partner to Build First Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly Four Decades

April 11, 2019

STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, April 9, 2019: A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S.…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Announces Photo Contest Winners

April 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2019) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the winners of their 1st annual photo contest. To help celebrate Great Lakes Shipping and the Saint Lawrence Seaway’s 60th navigation season, The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership invited fans to submit their best photos of ships, tugboats and barges across the Great…

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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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Tune-up time for US-flag Great Lakes fleet

February 4, 2019

Lakers are undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and upgrades (CLEVELAND) — After moving nearly 84 million tons of cargo in 2018, U.S.-flag lakers are now undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and modernization at Great Lakes shipyards. The work ranges from engine overhauls to installation of state-of-the-art radars and other navigation equipment.…

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664-foot freighter is last one through as Michigan’s Soo Locks close for winter

January 21, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – In the final days of the winter shipping season on the Upper Great Lakes, there’s always a little bit of steel horse jockeying as freighter fans speculate about which laker will be the last to go through the Soo Locks before they close for their annual scheduled maintenance. Late Tuesday,…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new Director of Government & Environmental Affairs

January 17, 2019

Duluth, Minn. USA (01/11/19) – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes aboard a new Director of Government and Environmental Affairs next week as Jeff Stollenwerk joins the leadership team effective January 16. Stollenwerk, an experienced water quality professional, brings over 28 years of environmental and legislative expertise to the position, including development and implementation of…

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Great Lakes steel production rises by 12,000 tons

January 17, 2019

Great Lakes steel production rose to 731,000 tons last week, an increase of 1.66 percent from the previous week.   Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 719,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced…

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The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years

January 17, 2019

The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years 40.9 Million Tons of Cargo Moved; Exceptional Season for Grain, Dry Bulk & Liquid Bulk Shipments Washington, DC (January 17, 2019) – The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, recently completed its best year for…

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Oswego County Weeklies – Scriber takes the helm to lead Port of Oswego

January 2, 2019

By DEBRA J. GROOM DGROOM@WDT.NET PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018 AT 5:15 AM Some might say William Scriber has trained his entire life for the job of executive director at the Port of Oswego Authority. He has run organizations with large budgets. He has kept on top of building and equipment maintenance at a number…

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Growth in American Manufacturing & Construction Accelerates in Q4 2018, Fueled by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

December 19, 2018

Washington, DC (December 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through November of 36 million metric tons, a five percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were up by six percent over the same time in…

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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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