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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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House of Representatives Gives Corps of Engineers Marching Orders: Finish Soo Lock Cost/Benefit Study Now!

June 4, 2018

CLEVELAND – The Soo Locks’ critical role in the national defense of the United States has prompted the House of Representatives to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to accelerate their project to build a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Committee on Armed Service’s report on the National Defense…

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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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Lake Carriers’ Association: 25 Years of Leadership Protecting the Economy, Environment and Quality of Life in the Great Lakes Region

May 25, 2018

Association Pioneered the First Voluntary Ballast Water Management Plan in North America When Ruffe Appeared CLEVELAND, May 17, 2018 – The Lake Carriers Association (LCA) has long recognized the threat non-native species represent to the Great Lakes and has been a leader in working on solutions for decades. This year marks the 25th anniversary of…

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Good Seamanship is the Key To a Safe Boating Season on the Great Lakes

May 25, 2018

                        CLEVELAND – The Great Lakes are one of America’s busiest waterways. Each year U.S., Canadian and vessels from throughout the world move upwards of 160 million tons of cargos that drive the North American economy. The largest vessels, the U.S.-flag 1,000-footers, are almost…

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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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Toledo Shipyard Gets Massive Freighters Ready for Great Lakes

April 16, 2018

High atop the John J. Boland, a 680-foot-long lake freighter, there’s a fevered rush to finish the off-season repairs and get the ship back to the open lakes where it can start making money.   “It’s hell week,” said Daniel Hutchison, the assistant vice president of engineering for the American Steamship Co., which owns the…

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SLSDC Announces Port Winners of 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The six ports earning the Pacesetter Award…

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Lorain, Ohio Port Reports Overall Increase in Business for 2017 Season

April 12, 2018

The Lorain Port Authority handled 815,512 metric tons of cargo in 2017, a 4 percent increase over 2016 totals. Limestone was the primary cargo through the port, at 65 percent of total tonnage. Coke breeze and coke furnace represented 18 percent of total cargo, resulting in an overall increase outbound. Slag, salt and mill scale…

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Cleveland-Cliffs Breaks Ground on $700M Toledo Plant

April 5, 2018

The facility is scheduled to start operation by the summer of 2020 and create 130 new jobs. Construction of the project, situated at the Ironville Terminal in the Port of Toledo, is expected to generate an additional 1,200 jobs. Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the U.S., is set…

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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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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

March 29, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of…

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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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Lake Freighter Repairs Means Big Business for Toledo

March 5, 2018

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – It has been a booming industry in our area for decades, but not many people know about it. However, it is why so many Lake Erie freighter ships dock here in Toledo over the winter. Currently at the Toledo Docks, just south of where the Maumee River dumps into Maumee Bay,…

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After Strong 2017, Port of Cleveland Prepares for its 50th Anniversary Shipping Season in 2018

March 1, 2018

Cleveland, OH – Reporting solid numbers during the 2017 Navigation Season and looking ahead to an even stronger 2018, the Port of Cleveland announces exciting Great Lakes developments aimed at continuing to build Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness. 2017 Navigation Season The Port saw an overall increase in economic activity including handling 464,000 metric tons of…

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