2017 Pacesetter Awards Presented to U.S. Ports

October 23, 2018

Six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System earned the SLSDC’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The SLSDC annually recognizes U.S. Great Lakes ports that increase international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway compared to…

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Economic Impact Study Reaches Far-Ranging Audiences

October 19, 2018

From Boston to Baton Rouge; from Honolulu to Houston; from Minneapolis to Montgomery; and many, many points in between, news of the new study, Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region was covered by multiple media markets across the country and saw widespread reach through social media channels. From its release…

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Deputy Administrator’s Column: An Updated New Economic Impact Study of the Great Lakes Seaway System Released

October 19, 2018

The July release of “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes — St. Lawrence Region” was a landmark achievement. This study updates the previous binational economic impact study completed in 2011. It also represents the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis ever completed of the U.S. and Canadian impacts and benefits of commercial navigation in…

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Seaway Tonnage: Midseason Update

October 19, 2018

  After a slow start to the 2018 navigation season, steady gains in cargo movements and transits in July and August have put overall Seaway cargo tonnage on the rise. Commercial cargo shipments through August totaled 21.4 million metric tons (mmt), a 4 percent increase when compared to the same time period in 2017. This…

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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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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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August Shipping Remains Steady

September 19, 2018

U.S. ships on the Great Lakes carried 10 million tons of cargo last month, similar to August 2017’s totals and in line with the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos topped 5 million tons for the month of August, up 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to numbers released by the Lake Carriers’…

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Strong Seaway Tonnage Numbers Realized in August

September 18, 2018

                                Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic continues to see steady growth in 2018 with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through August of 21.4 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same time frame…

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Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Shipments Set Historic Record

September 7, 2018

  MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (Aug. 22, 2018) – Record-breaking demands for coal and agriculture products propelled the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon into historic territory with more barge shipments in the first six months of 2018 than any port in the history of Indiana’s ports. Approximately 4.7 million tons of cargo moved through the port in…

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Ports of Indiana Wins Top Steel Industry Honor

September 5, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2018) – The American Metal Market has named Ports of Indiana the Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year for 2018. The ninth annual Awards for Steel Excellence were recently announced at AMM’s Steel Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the global Steel Success Strategies XXXIII Conference in New York. “This is an…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Diverse Cargo in June

July 26, 2018

Varied Cargo keeps Shipping Atop an Ever-Changing Economic World Washington, DC (July 26, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of June. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 29, 2018 through June 30,2018 were 12.1 million metric tons, a decrease of just over…

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New Economic Impact Study Finds Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Supports More Than 237,000 Jobs and Billions in Economic Activity

July 19, 2018

U.S Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 News WASHINGTON – According to a new study, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports more than 237,000 jobs, 147,500 of which are located in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states. In addition, the study found that…

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Global Trade Magazine’s Top 50 Power Ports

July 16, 2018

Ever since the first commercial transaction was conducted by sea at Florida’s Port of Jacksonville in 1562, Americans have relied on seaports to help move merchandise around the globe. Today, ports don’t just include sea ports, but airports and river ports, too. Between these three modes, importing and exporting goods has become faster and more reliable than…

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Historic Seaway Carrier Makes Last Trip Down St. Lawrence

July 3, 2018

White paint covers up most of her name. The American Victory, once a star of the Seaway, is slowly making her last trip down the St. Lawrence as the ‘‘Victo.” On Tuesday, she made her way through the Eisenhower locks in Massena, a vessel stripped to the bone and being towed by three tugs to…

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St. Lawrence Seaway

June 27, 2018

Create a seaway to connect the Great Lakes of North America to the Atlantic Ocean The St Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels linking the Great Lakes of Northern America with the Atlantic Ocean. Acknowledged as one of the outstanding engineering achievements of the 20th century, the seaway opened in 1959.…

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