Economy

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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Seaway Visitors’ Center Opens May 25th

May 25, 2018

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) is announcing that today the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center, located at the U. S. Eisenhower Lock, will open to the public and remain open daily, including weekends, through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. The Visitors’ Center hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.…

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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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National Maritime Day – May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

The maritime industry has and always will power America. From trade and travel to defense, maritime has been an integral pillar of the foundation of the United States and the Great Lakes. This year will mark the 85th National Maritime Day. Congress named the holiday on May 22, 1933 to celebrate the American steamship Savannah’s…

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Mount Vernon Shipments Drive Record First Quarter for Ports of Indiana

May 21, 2018

                          INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 16, 2018) – The Ports of Indiana set a record for first quarter shipments in 2018, handling 3.2 million tons at all three ports. The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon drove this success by setting a record for the highest…

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First Saltie Arrives in Twin Ports

April 20, 2018

The first oceangoing vessel of the 2018 commercial navigation season, the Federal Weser, arrived at the port of Duluth-Superior at around 9:41 p.m on Thursday. The Federal Weser was expected to start loading Monday morning at the CHS terminal on the Superior side of the harbor — 21,400 metric tons of durum wheat bound for…

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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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St. Lawrence Seaway System: 2017 By The Numbers

April 13, 2018
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Progress MN: Duluth Cargo Connect

April 12, 2018

Duluth Cargo Connect, a partnership between Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, has already led to an intermodal terminal that processes about 225 shipping containers per month. The Atlantic Ocean isn’t visible from Duluth’s waterfront, but it’s closer than it feels: a straight-enough shot down lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, and on…

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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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St. Lawrence Seaway Begins 60th Navigation Season

April 12, 2018

  Washington – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) joined with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) to mark the opening of the Seaway’s 60th navigation season today. The official opening ceremony of the binational waterway took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, with Canadian Transport Deputy Minister Michael Keenan attending as honored…

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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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Recognizing Opportunity: Insights from a Storied Career

April 2, 2018

  I have been extremely fortunate to have spent over 46 consecutive years as a vessel agent. My Dad was a Group One telephone repairman (Ma Bell). My Dad’s father was a railroad worker, whose job entailed using a very steady steel bar (lining bar) to literally hand pull rail tracks to redirect train traffic. My…

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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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