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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U.S. Agriculture & Domestic Steel Reinforced by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

October 17, 2018

Best Month on Record for St. Lawrence Seaway System Traffic During 2018 Navigation Season Washington, DC (October 17, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports overall gains for the St. Lawrence Seaway with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through September of 25.7 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last…

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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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The Queen of the Lakes, the Tregurtha, makes it maiden voyage to Cleveland

September 10, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – She’s been the reigning Queen of the Lakes since setting sail in 1981. The M/V Paul R. Tregurtha is the longest freighter to sail on the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by the Interlake Steamship Company the Tregurtha backed into Cleveland Harbor earlier this week to unload iron ore. While the ship has been to Cleveland…

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Key Seaway Commodities See Growth in July

August 15, 2018

                        Washington, DC (August 15, 2018) – St. Lawrence Seaway traffic remained steady during the month of July, with year-to-date total cargo shipments of 16.5 million metric tons. Total transits were up by 2.5 percent from the same time last year. Top performing cargoes…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 6, 2018

Honored for Continued Growth in International Tonnage Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2018) – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2017 season ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Accomplishments from their 2017 Navigation Season earned them the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency…

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Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded more than $20 million in grants to support capital improvements at 29 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. MARAD’s Small Shipyard grant funding supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth. “These grants are an investment…

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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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Lakes Limestone Trade Surges in June

July 25, 2018

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,052,994 tons in June, an increase of more than 17 percent compared to a year ago. This June also represented the first month in which loadings topped 4 million tons since July 2015. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.2 million tons, an increase of 16.2…

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in June

July 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.1 million tons in June , an increase of roughly one load in a 1,000-foot-long U.S.-flag freighter (laker). Shipments were, however, 8.7 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore shipments from U.S. ports through the Soo Locks totaled 5.6 million tons in…

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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 www.transportation.gov/briefingroom 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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