Press Releases

Robust June Cargo Tonnage for the Port of Green Bay

July 7, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – With imports of nearly 110,000 tons of foreign salt and 73,000 tons of limestone, June was a strong month for tonnage moving into and out of the Port of Green Bay. Total imports and exports hit nearly 288,000 tons in June to move the year-to-date totals 3% ahead of the same time…

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SLSDC Names New Associate Administrator for Massena, New York Operations

June 20, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that Mr. Gary Croot will assume the position of Associate Administrator of the SLSDC’s Massena, New York operations and facilities on July 5.  Mr. Croot replaces Mr. Thomas Lavigne, who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service at the…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Active with International Shipments, Moving Global Supply Chain

June 11, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system record particularly noteworthy increases in project cargo as they advance the global supply chain, trading with 22 countries during the first two months of the navigation season. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020—is situated…

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EPA Selects Stollenwerk For Federal Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today its appointees to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a federal committee established to provide ongoing recommendations regarding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. The appointees included Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority director…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2019 Season “Pacesetter Award”

May 6, 2020

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that five U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System received the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2019 navigation season. “The St. Lawrence Seaway and its ports are vital…

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Season’s First Saltie Scheduled To Arrive In Duluth Tonight

April 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The first oceangoing vessel of 2020 is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior tonight at approximately 8 p.m. Federal Churchill, a 656-foot ice-class bulk carrier owned by Montréal-based Fednav, will earn the First Ship distinction, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the…

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Officers Elected At Duluth Seaway Port Authority Annual Meeting

April 7, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — During its annual meeting held March 25, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners elected officers for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020. The board re-elected Rick Revoir to serve his second year as president. Other appointments included Tony Sertich as vice president, Patrick Boyle as secretary, Norm Voorhees as…

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U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Begins The 2020 Sailing Season Amid The Challenges Of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 24, 2020) – The first U.S.-flag commercial vessel, known as “lakers,” will transit the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday, March 25, signaling the start of the 2020 sailing season. They carry the materials that drive the U.S. economy: iron ore for steel, stone and cement…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Receives 2019 South Shore Clean Cities Sustainability Leadership Award

March 6, 2020

At its annual conference and expo, South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) presented Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award for showing extraordinary leadership in making strides to the sustainable transportation and/or energy sectors. “We are extremely honored to receive this award from a community partner that works to facilitate clean technology in the…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million MARAD grant for warehouse expansion, dock wall rehab

February 11, 2020

Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration allocated a $10.5 million grant to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. This Port Infrastructure Development Program grant will help fund construction of a 56,000-square-foot, rail-served warehouse at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, along with rehabilitation of 1,775 lineal feet of…

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Great Lakes Shipping Routes Evolve Digitally

February 11, 2020

113 years ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association developed the world’s first Traffic Separation Scheme. Today, those recommended shipping routes have evolved to meet the demands of electronic navigation and continue to provide routes for safe navigation of some of the largest cargo vessels on the planet. Recognizing a need to keep the growing maritime trade…

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2019 Season Summary: Grain gain, heavy lifts boost tonnage totals

February 10, 2020

    Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third highest throughput since 2015. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonnage gains. General cargo, comprised of project cargoes, breakbulk and heavy-lift industrial pieces, led the way with a…

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U.S. Great Lakes Ports Report Busy 2019 Navigation Season

January 27, 2020

The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway stretching 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, registered an 8.5 percent gain in year-over-year dry bulk cargo shipments in 2019. This highlights the Seaway’s ability to drive a diverse mix of commodities to and from Great Lakes ports. The top-performing cargos through the…

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Life just got easier for a lock named “Soo”

January 9, 2020

Funding for the New Navigation Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Takes Giant Step Forward: “We can now definitively say that there will be a new Soo Lock,” says Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. With the expected passage of the 2020 spending bills a vital national infrastructure project, the new navigational lock in…

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