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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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Winter Work On The Great Lakes

March 16, 2020

  Along the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen. The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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New Great Lakes cruise ship to skip Erie, for now

February 12, 2020

World-renowned cruise line could make its way to Erie Just imagine traveling the Great Lakes by water with a world-renowned cruise line. That chance could soon be offered by Viking Cruises. So far there is not a plan for the ship to port in Erie, but Brenda Sandberg of the Erie Port Authority says it…

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Yards Start $97 Million Winter Work on Great Lakes Fleet

January 23, 2020

The Lakes Carriers Association says that more than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. “After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest…

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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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U.S. Wind Energy and Construction Supported by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping with Large Increases in Project Cargo During May

June 14, 2019

  The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, reported overall gains in project cargo, agriculture and iron ore. These notable increases, specifically in project cargo, indicate that shippers view the Great Lakes Seaway system as way to ship to America’s heartland faster and more efficiently.…

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Port of Duluth-Superior receives award for shipping season tonnage increase

May 29, 2019

  The Duluth-Superior Port has received an award for seeing an increase in international cargo tonnage increase during the 2018 shipping season. The Pacesetter award, which is given by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, was presented to port officials Wednesday. Officials say the Duluth-Superior port saw an 11.5% increase of international cargo shipments,…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight 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 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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Army Corps announces $75.3 million for second lock at Soo Locks

March 20, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposal that included $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. The announcement was made on March 12 as the department proposed its 2020 fiscal budget. “This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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Spending Bill Passes with $293 million for Port Infrastructure

February 22, 2019

The agreement also includes $36 million for U.S. Seaway management and programs The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association: (WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill finalizing spending for FY 2019 — four and a half months…

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Victory Cruise Lines Summer 2019 Season: Great Lakes and French Canada

February 22, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing…

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