The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

BREAKBULK SHIPPING: Breakbulk Breaks the Mold

October 8, 2019

In the cargo shipping world, there’s the bulk sector, the container segment, and then, there is “everything else.” When it comes to ‘everything else,’ breakbulk is the cargo that resides in between, comprising much of that remainder, including forest products (lumber, baled pulp) and steel. Breakbulk may, at times, share space on multipurpose vessels that…

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IMA president supports critical investment in the Soo Locks

September 27, 2019

Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, last week discussed the importance of the Sault St. Marie Soo Locks for America’s iron mining and steelmaking industries. Johnson spoke alongside Congressman Pete Stauber, Congressman Jack Bergman, Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Julie Pierce, vice president of strategy…

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Wind Energy Lifts Great Lakes Shipping in August

September 26, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in both traditional and project cargo for the month of August. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 22, 2019 through August 31, 2019 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway saw year-over-year (YOY) increases…

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Great Lakes Shipments up in July

September 9, 2019

Cargo shipments on the Great Lakes continued to increase in July. U.S.-flag ships moved a total of 11.4 million tons of cargo in July, up 16.4% compared to last year and 10.2% above the month’s five-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents 13 U.S. companies and their 46 ships. Each full month…

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Fednav Celebrates its Anniversary with a Special Name

September 4, 2019

At the Oshima Shipyard in Japan, Fednav Limited took delivery today of the Federal Montreal, its newest Great Lakes-suitable handysize vessel. The ceremony was attended by senior management from both Fednav and the shipyard. The Federal Montreal is a 34,500 DWT international ice-class bulk carrier, flagged in the Marshall Islands. Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great…

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Port of Oswego Earns 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

September 3, 2019

The Port of Oswego was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, recognizing an incredible forty-two percent increase in overall international cargo tonnage. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered…

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Port of Oswego Container Service gains national designation

August 29, 2019

The Port of Oswego Container Service has been designated a Marine Highway Project/Marine Highway Route by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. A total of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route were designated in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable…

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Port Extension Opens up Possibilities in Ogdensburg

August 27, 2019

The planned deepening and extension of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s docking facilities means that the port will be able to handle a wider array of cargo simultaneously. On Friday, the authority announced that $18 million would be awarded from New York state for the extension of the port’s facilities. The $18 million is…

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US Maritime Administration Grants Port of Oswego Authority a Marine Highway Project Designation

August 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration August 9 announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods. “The…

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Traverse City Seeking Cruise Ships After Port Certification

August 26, 2019

Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger-carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity…

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Why Soo Locks are so important to US economy: Unlocking value of engineering gem

August 26, 2019

Looking into past, present, future of American economic lifeblood On the surface, it looks like way too small of a place and in way too remote of a location to have such a significant economic impact. It’s also surrounded by ice for four to five months and closed over two months of the year for…

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Port of Milwaukee Pursuing Formal Partnership With Quebec

August 26, 2019

Milwaukee’s Port Wants A Binational Trade Agreement To Grow International Trade The Port of Milwaukee and the provincial government of Quebec are exploring opportunities to grow international trade through a partnership. The future collaboration could bring economic benefits to the state. The port already has an ongoing informal trade relationship with Quebec. The two have…

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Over 1,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Have Visited Milwaukee in 2019

August 26, 2019

Port Milwaukee director Adam Schlicht‘s positioning of the port as a turnaround destination for cruise ships is beginning to pay dividends. Through July 26th, 1,082 passengers have started or ended their Great Lakes journeys in Milwaukee as a Pearl Seas cruise ship has docked here three times. Approximately 35 percent of those travelers have stayed in Milwaukee the night…

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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 26, 2019

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award is presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to recognize Great Lakes ports that registered an increase…

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New Report Highlights Restoration of the Great Lakes

August 26, 2019

Industrial pollution once plagued the Great Lakes. But over the past 35 years, both the United States and Canada have collaborated to clean up and restore the lakes and their shorelines. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird came to Buffalo to see first-hand what industrial pollution was doing to Lake Erie.…

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