Press Releases

SLSDC Announces Port Winners of 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

                    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that six 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 […]

- April 13, 2018 Read More

St. Lawrence Seaway Begins 60th Navigation Season

  Washington – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) joined with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) to mark the opening of the Seaway’s 60th navigation season today. The official opening ceremony of the binational waterway took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, with Canadian Transport Deputy Minister Michael Keenan attending as honored […]

- April 12, 2018 Read More

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of […]

- March 29, 2018 Read More

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Plans for Major Growth After Landmark Year

PORTAGE, Ind. (March. 8, 2018) – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments. In addition to handling an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, the port doubled the size of its bulk terminal, attracted a […]

- March 13, 2018 Read More

Lake Freighter Repairs Means Big Business for Toledo

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – It has been a booming industry in our area for decades, but not many people know about it. However, it is why so many Lake Erie freighter ships dock here in Toledo over the winter. Currently at the Toledo Docks, just south of where the Maumee River dumps into Maumee Bay, […]

- March 5, 2018 Read More

Pink Barge “Big Hope 1” Promotes Cancer Research on First Visit to Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

PORTAGE, Ind., (February 19, 2018) – The Port of Indiana Burns Harbor welcomes a unique visitor today. Big Hope 1, a bright pink barge owned by Ceres Barge Line, makes its first appearance at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor traveling from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to reach the […]

- March 5, 2018 Read More

After Strong 2017, Port of Cleveland Prepares for its 50th Anniversary Shipping Season in 2018

Cleveland, OH – Reporting solid numbers during the 2017 Navigation Season and looking ahead to an even stronger 2018, the Port of Cleveland announces exciting Great Lakes developments aimed at continuing to build Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness. 2017 Navigation Season The Port saw an overall increase in economic activity including handling 464,000 metric tons of […]

- March 1, 2018 Read More

The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2018 Sailing Season

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS – The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River. A workhorse […]

- February 28, 2018 Read More

Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Records All-Time High Cargo Shipments

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. – The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled more cargo in 2017 than any port in the 57-year history of Indiana’s port system. This was the third-straight year the port handled more than 6 million tons, resulting in a three-year average that was 60 percent higher than the previous three years. Port shipments […]

- February 20, 2018 Read More

Ports of Indiana Completes Unprecedented Four-Year Growth Run

Average annual shipments jump 50 percent over previous four-year period INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 14, 2018) – The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization’s 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana […]

- February 20, 2018 Read More

See Michigan’s Soo Locks Drained of All Its Water

SAULT STE. MARIE – Winter maintenance season at the Soo Locks offers an entirely different perspective of the hulking transportation system that is the engineering linchpin of Great Lakes shipping. The locks began its three-month seasonal shutdown on Jan. 15 so crews could address some major repair projects, regular inspections and maintenance. The U.S. Army […]

- February 19, 2018 Read More

Museum Offers Chance to Win 5-day Cruise on Great Lakes Freighter

MACKINAW CITY, MI – A Michigan maritime museum is offering two people the trip of a lifetime; a five-day cruise aboard a Great Lakes freighter. Through a random drawing hosted by the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, one lucky winner and his/her guest will have the opportunity to travel aboard one of the vessels in Central […]

- February 19, 2018 Read More

Ports of Indiana Hires East Coast Port Executive with Indiana Roots to Lead Jeffersonville Port

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2018) – A former North Carolina Ports executive with Indiana-ties has been named port director for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Jeff Miles, a born-and-raised Hoosier and veteran of the maritime industry, has returned to Indiana to lead port operations and business development at the southern Indiana port. Miles’ industry experience includes […]

- February 13, 2018 Read More

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Nearly 11 Percent in 2017

Best Year Since 2012 CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 60.3 million tons in 2017, an increase of 10.9 percent over 2016 and the highest total recorded since 2012. The 2017 ore float also bettered the trade’s 5-year average by 4.6 percent. Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 55.75 million tons, […]

- January 29, 2018 Read More

Seaway Finishes 2017 Navigation Season Strong – 38 Million Tons of Cargo Moved

  Washington, DC (January 16, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway System, North America’s binational marine highway stretching 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, reported strong gains during the 2017 navigation season including a standout year in iron ore, dry bulk and general cargo shipments. The final tonnage results – 38.1 […]

- January 16, 2018 Read More