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The St. Lawrence Seaway System: U.S. Farmers’ Key Advantage for Competing Globally

September 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System traded with a total of 32 countries in August. Shipments of commodities including wind energy components and gypsum remained strong, while exports of agricultural products picked up pace. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020—increased…

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North America’s Critical Link: Illinois International Port District Earns 2019 Pacesetter Award

September 3, 2020

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership applauds the Illinois International Port District for earning a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes their efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. “We’re humbled to be acknowledged and we’re proud of what it signifies. It shows those related, affected by and connected to…

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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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Port Of Duluth-Superior Lands Record 17th Pacesetter Honor

May 7, 2020

The award is given to domestic Great Lakes ports that show year-over-year tonnage increases for international cargoes.     The port of Duluth-Superior earned its second consecutive Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. on Wednesday. The honor acknowledged an increase in international cargo tonnage during the 2019 shipping season. The port of…

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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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Port City Review: These 20 Seaport Communities Help Drive The U.S. Economy

March 19, 2020

  Ports are “crucial to the economy,” Texas economist Ray Perryman wrote in 2017. “Ports generate substantial business activity through their operations, but those benefits are dwarfed by the huge importance of water transportation to other industries.” In this survey of 20 U.S. port cities, we look at various engines of economic development and see how they…

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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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Viking Goes Big and Bold in the Great Lakes

January 22, 2020

Viking optimized its expedition newbuild design for the Saint Lawrence Seaway and will be fielding the largest cruise ship by far in the Great Lakes. ‘This new cruising area, the Great Lakes, should be very interesting,’ Viking Founder and Chairman Torstein Hagen said, calling it an ‘underserved market … that we thought deserved better tonnage.’…

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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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Shipping News – Great Lakes Now

May 10, 2019
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The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes

April 15, 2019

  When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name. This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Indiana Senate asks governor to designate day for celebrating the Great Lakes

March 27, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Look at any map of North America, and there’s no question that Indiana is located nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean. But if you follow the ocean a little bit north of Maine, you’ll find the St. Lawrence River. Trace it past Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, into Lake Ontario and then onward through…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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