Economy

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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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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Construction Starts on the First Us-Built Laker for 35 Years

August 26, 2019

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event this week, celebrating the historic start of construction on the first US-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for US Great Lakes service built on…

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Major Developments Taking Place at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

August 26, 2019

From Dry Cargo International The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Ideally situated on two major North American freight transportation arteries — the Great Lakes and the Inland Waterway System — the state’s three-port system serves the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural…

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Catch a glimpse of ‘The World’s Tallest Crane’ in east Toledo

August 23, 2019

The giant lift helped to erect the new Cleveland Cliffs Iron Briquette plant on Front Street near Millard.   SOURCE: WTOL 11

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Cruising the Lakes: Port stops for cruise lines all around the Great Lakes

August 22, 2019

From Great Lakes Now: Ports abound throughout the Great Lakes, welcoming vacationers from the United States and further abroad. To meet the demand from cruisegoers, several cruise lines have been increasing their presence in the region, with upwards of 20 to 30 stops each season at individual ports around the lakes. Cruisers can start off…

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Barker, Undaunted/Pere Marquette visit Port

August 22, 2019

From Grand Haven Tribune: Grand Haven received two cargoes this past week. On Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, Interlake Steamship Company’s self-unloading motor vessel Kaye E. Barker arrived in port with a load of stone for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. By the early afternoon, the Barker was backing out of port and heading for her…

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

August 20, 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 — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an…

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