Press Releases

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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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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