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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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Modifications Made To Grasse River Cleanup To Accommodate Larger Tugboat

April 15, 2020

  MASSENA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there will be some modifications when work begins again this year to address sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the Grasse River Superfund Site. The modification calls for removal of an additional 90,000 cubic yards of sediment from an area of the river near Snug…

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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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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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Port of Oswego aluminum business rebounds after months of hurt from tariffs

December 21, 2019

The year is ending much better than it started for the Port of Oswego, thanks to a rebound in its aluminum business. The yard at the Port is jam packed again with blocks of aluminum, but it wasn’t always the case. Only about six months ago the yard was nearly empty. Port Executive Director and…

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Study floated to deepen port

December 14, 2019

Schumer, Katko say action would bring more jobs, exports OSWEGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to conduct a feasibility study in 2020 for a potential deepening of the Port of Oswego Authority harbor, federal and port officials announced Friday. In statements from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. John…

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Port of Oswego grabs $15M from state for expansion

November 19, 2019

The Port of Oswego is slated to receive $15 million in state funds to construct a state-of-the-art agricultural export center that would significantly increase the shipping hub’s capacity for grain and provide local farmers with better access to global markets. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $15 million in state funding Monday afternoon, part of the…

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Waiver obtained to allow soybean shipments from Port of Oswego to continue

November 11, 2019

A waiver has been obtained that will allow local soybean farmers and the Port of Oswego to export tons of exports to international markets. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Oct. 18 that he called and wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to obtain the waiver so the whole…

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Port of Oswego Authority Receives $2.3 million from Lake Ontario REDI

November 8, 2019

  OSWEGO – A very positive outcome for the Port of Oswego at the Lake Ontario REDI project award announcement meeting last week. The Port received $2,310,000 for five projects which will be utilized to stabilize critical infrastructure, retain and increase jobs and create recreational opportunities for the community. Executive Director William W. Scriber said,…

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Transportation Secretary Chao Commemorates St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 28, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a Sept. 24 ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. “For 60 years, the St. Lawrence Seaway has been a safe and reliable gateway for global commerce, further demonstrating our nation’s strong and strategic…

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Waiver obtained to allow soybean shipments from Port of Oswego to continue

October 24, 2019

ALBANY – A waiver has been obtained that will allow local soybean farmers and the Port of Oswego to export tons of exports to international markets. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Oct. 18 that he called and wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to obtain the waiver so…

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DOT chief visits St. Lawrence Seaway

September 25, 2019

The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation will be in Massena this morning. Secretary Elaine Chao will participate in a ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She’ll be joined by officials from the U.S. and Canada. The Seaway opened in 1959 to…

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Seaway visitors’ center to receive $6M upgrade

September 25, 2019

MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao came to Massena Tuesday bearing a gift — a $6 million one. “For the construction of a new visitors center,” she said. Chao said millions of dollars have been invested to speed ships through the Seaway. Standing with north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, she said…

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U.S. transportation secretary, Stefanik announce $6 million for new visitor’s center in Massena

September 25, 2019

MASSENA — The St. Lawrence Seaway received a nice birthday surprise on Wednesday during ceremonies marking its 60th anniversary — the announcement of $6 million in funding for a new visitor’s center at Eisenhower Lock. The announcement was made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who held…

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Transportation Secretary’s View: Duluth, rest of St. Lawrence Seaway helping America’s economy grow stronger

September 24, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th anniversary by continuing to play a big part in America’s economy. More than 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of cargo on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. The Great Lakes-seaway system stretches from Duluth to the Atlantic Ocean, allowing…

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