Economy

Another Record Season For Wind Turbine Shipments At Duluth Port

November 19, 2020

About 525,000 tons of blades and tower parts will move through the harbor this year. DULUTH – Massive wind turbine blades that will one day tower above Midwestern prairies hovered atop oversized truck beds along the Duluth harbor last week as they awaited the final leg of their journey. Once these parts are trucked away…

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Michels Inks Long-term Lease At Port Milwaukee

November 16, 2020

Port Milwaukee and Michels Corporation have formally signed a lease agreement for nearly 17.5 acres at the port’s Grand Trunk site along the Kinnickinnic River. The agreement has an initial term of 20 years, and, with extensions, could continue for a total of 99 years. The lease signing is the culmination of a process that…

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Shipments Top 1.4 Million Tons As Challenging Year Continues

November 10, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – The Port of Green Bay has not been immune to the impact of the ongoing pandemic and a sluggish economy. For the month of October, 110,668 tons of cargo moved into and out of the Port, the lowest monthly total for the 2020 shipping season. “While shipping through the Port got…

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Federal Maritime Administration Awards Grant To Ports Of Indiana

November 9, 2020

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded Ports of Indiana US$4 million to make bulk cargo supply chain improvements by converting a vacant gravel yard into a multimodal storage facility at Burns Harbor. The grant will fund construction of an 84 000 ft2 warehouse and a 1.65 acre storage pad in the…

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Cuomo Announces Groundbreakings For Resiliency Projects At Oswego Port

November 4, 2020

  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of construction for the East Operating Dock in the Port Authority of Oswego, in addition to key milestones of the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which successfully completed its first year helping municipalities, residents and businesses along the Lake Ontario shoreline. “The REDI program exemplifies…

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Northern Michigan From Above: Freighters On The Great Lakes

October 27, 2020

There has been an influx of international freighters on the Great Lakes this shipping season, many transporting wind turbine parts. Most have been dropping off the parts in Duluth to be transported by ground to wind farms in the northern plains. In Northern Michigan From Above, Jim Lehocky shows us several different freighters hauling the…

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Conneaut Receives $19.5M Federal Grant For Port, Infrastructure Projects

October 20, 2020

  The city of Conneaut has been awarded a federal grant of $19.5 million to help develop several transportation-related projects in its Conneaut East Industrial Park and Port of Conneaut.   The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Port Infrastructure Development Program “will bring new rail service, create new streets and support large industrial…

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Port of Buffalo on Pace for Best Season in a Decade

October 20, 2020

“Exploding” is the one-word Patricia C. Schreiber, the Port Director at Port of Buffalo, used to describe the port’s exceptional 2020 navigation season — which began on April 12, 2020 — thus far. Through early September, the Port of Buffalo welcomed 15 vessels to the port with more scheduled to arrive in the remainder of…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $220 Million in Grants for America’s Ports

October 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the award of more than $220 million in discretionary grant funding to improve port facilities in 16 states and territories through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program. “This $220 million in federal grants will improve America’s ports with nearly half…

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U.S. Grain Filling American Ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

October 15, 2020

Amidst these challenging times, overall tonnage across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is down 8 percent compared to this time last year. From the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, American and Canadian ports handled a total of 23.3 million metric tons (mt). In September, ports…

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September Tonnage Rebounds from July and August

October 7, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – The Port of Green Bay saw 219,000 tons of cargo move through in September, well above the totals registered in July and August. The year-to-date totals, however, still lag behind last year (-21%) at 1.28 million tons. On the import side, cement shipments are up 21% over last year, while foreign…

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Port Milwaukee Director Tindall-Schlicht Honored By AntwerpXL

October 6, 2020

Leaders of an international shipping conference have named Milwaukee’s Port Director, Adam Tindall-Schlicht, as an AntwerpXL 40 Under 40 honoree. The award showcases rising stars, under the age of 40, in an important sector of marine commerce. AntwerpXL is a major conference focusing on breakbulk shipping – that is cargo not transported in containers. Port…

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Port Authority Receives Nearly $570K In MAP Funding

October 1, 2020

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority received nearly $570,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation through the Maritime Assistance Program for two projects at the Port of Toledo. The $568,125 grant funds provide 50 percent of the total project costs that will be matched by local funds. The first project is the…

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Phase Two Contract Awarded for New Soo Lock Project

September 24, 2020

The second phase construction contract for the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to Kokosing Alberici LLC of Westerville, Ohio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Thursday. The much-anticipated mega-project will require three phases of construction. Kokosing Alberici’s $111 million contract to complete the second phase will stabilize the existing approach walls,…

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Midseason Tonnage Report: Lows And Highs During A Pandemic

September 17, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — After an early summer surge, maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior slowed atypically in August, amidst a tepid recovery from COVID-induced lows. Total tonnage stood 31 percent behind the 2019 pace through Aug. 31, driven primarily by declines in coal and iron ore tonnage (down 59 percent and 26 percent, respectively).…

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