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St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Gains in Traditional Cargoes in May

June 13, 2018

Continued Demand for Raw Materials Keeps Seaway Traffic Above 5-Year Average Washington, DC (June 13, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported overall gains in traditional cargoes through the month of May, with shipments of coal, grain, liquid bulk and general cargoes totaling 4.67 million metric tons (mt) – keeping Seaway traffic above the five-year…

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A New Navigation Lock for the Upper Great Lakes

June 4, 2018

  By Harry Valentine U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced his support to build a new navigation lock between Lakes Superior and Huron, presently the location of a largest navigation lock between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Any malfunction of the lock could halt ship transportation between these two lakes and inflict a…

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Protecting the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway

May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. (MAY 10, 2018) – The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system is the longest deep-draft waterway in the world, and this year marks its 60th shipping season. This marine highway is home to some of North America’s most important ports that promote trade and commerce for the Great Lakes region and America’s…

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First Saltie Arrives in Twin Ports

April 20, 2018

The first oceangoing vessel of the 2018 commercial navigation season, the Federal Weser, arrived at the port of Duluth-Superior at around 9:41 p.m on Thursday. The Federal Weser was expected to start loading Monday morning at the CHS terminal on the Superior side of the harbor — 21,400 metric tons of durum wheat bound for…

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Progress MN: Duluth Cargo Connect

April 12, 2018

Duluth Cargo Connect, a partnership between Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, has already led to an intermodal terminal that processes about 225 shipping containers per month. The Atlantic Ocean isn’t visible from Duluth’s waterfront, but it’s closer than it feels: a straight-enough shot down lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, and on…

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A New Year with New Opportunities Across the Great Lakes

April 2, 2018

In past Seaway Compass columns, I have highlighted the importance and significance of the ongoing enhancements to the U.S. and Canadian Seaway locks under our respective asset renewal programs. Yet, the Seaway is not the only organization in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLS) making significant investments in new opportunities for 2018…

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Partner Spotlight – Port of Duluth-Superior

March 28, 2018

Located at the western-most point of Lake Superior on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, the Port of Duluth-Superior is considered the “bulk cargo capital” of the Great Lakes. Economy Truly the start of the seaway system, the Port of Duluth-Superior connects the U.S. and Canadian heartland to the rest of the world. It is the backbone of…

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Hands-Free Mooring For St. Lawrence and Great Lakes

March 27, 2018

In what is being hailed as the greatest positive development for St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes-shipping in more than a half-century, a soon-to-be-completed hands-free mooring program will open access to 10 times as many vessels while delivering impressive time, money and safety benefits. From port executives and Seaway marketers to carrier operations managers and…

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Lake Superior Opens for Business: Tug-Barge Sets Off to Start Shipping Season

March 27, 2018

The shipping campaign sailed into action on Tuesday and, no, the first vessel didn’t get stuck in the ice. The barge-tug combo Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort made it under the Aerial Lift Bridge and through the canal at about noon, only to seem to be held up on Lake Superior for several hours off 21st…

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US Coast Guard Cutters Clear Ice Around Soo Locks in Preparation for Opening

March 27, 2018

There’s a lot of work to be done on the water before the Soo Locks are expected to open. We joined the Coast Guard Wednesday as they began breaking up ice along the Saint Marys River. The locks are set to open Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard cutters, along with help from their Canadian counterparts are…

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Potential for a Large Cruise Ship on the Upper Great Lakes

March 8, 2018

While the ocean going cruise ship industry has undergone spectacular growth in recent years, the inland waterway cruise industry has undergone steady but less spectacular growth. The cruise vessels that sail the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes are comparatively small compared to ocean going cruise ships. However, there are prospects to develop a much…

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Opening of the 2018 Navigation Season and Maximum Allowable Drafts

March 1, 2018

The opening of the 2018 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: • Welland Canal: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) • Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in…

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Traditional and project cargoes transit the St. Lawrence Seaway in November

December 15, 2016

Traditional and project cargoes transit the St. Lawrence Seaway in November

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A Maritime Masterpiece: Clure Terminal expansion ready for 2017 season

October 18, 2016

A Maritime Masterpiece: Clure Terminal expansion ready for 2017 season

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St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments steady in September

October 13, 2016

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments steady in September

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