Press Releases

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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U.S. Wind Energy and Construction Supported by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping with Large Increases in Project Cargo During May

June 14, 2019

  The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, reported overall gains in project cargo, agriculture and iron ore. These notable increases, specifically in project cargo, indicate that shippers view the Great Lakes Seaway system as way to ship to America’s heartland faster and more efficiently.…

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Port of Duluth-Superior berths Pacesetter Award

May 22, 2019

  The United States Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will present its 2018 Pacesetter Award to the Port of Duluth-Superior tomorrow as part of the region’s National Maritime Day festivities. The award salutes Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System ports that registered international cargo tonnage increases during the 2018 shipping season.   Duluth Seaway Port…

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Port Milwaukee Receives 13th Pacesetter Award

May 9, 2019

Port Milwaukee accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award on Wednesday from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook made the presentation during a luncheon ceremony at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference — an event that provides resources to help grow global trade in the State of Wisconsin. Over 25 years ago,…

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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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