Economy

Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes Roll through Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for First Time in History

July 15, 2019

PORTAGE, Ind. – For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago. Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $19 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic…

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Is Duluth the Most Inland Seaport in North America?

July 3, 2019

These days, it takes about a week for a ship to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, a 2,342-mile journey winding through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes to the western tip of Lake Superior. The Port of Duluth-Superior serves as a transportation epicenter, connecting railroads and interstates with the marine “highway” used…

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Port of Muskegon Receives First Seaway Pacesetter Award

June 26, 2019

Port of Muskegon accepted their first Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. In conjunction with Port Milwaukee visiting the Port of Muskegon, Rebecca Yackley, International Trade Specialist at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), presented the award to Chuck Canestraight, President of Port City Marine Services, a Sand Products…

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Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I Launches Great Lakes Season

June 24, 2019

Ten thousand years ago, when the Ice Age’s glaciers retreated, the result was the Great Lakes – five massive lakes along today’s U.S.-Canadian border region. Collectively, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie comprise the Earth’s largest body of fresh water. What’s the appeal of a Great Lakes cruise? John Waggoner, president and CEO, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and the recently acquired and relaunched Victory Cruise Lines, puts it this…

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First cruise ship of the season to dock at Port Milwaukee on Tuesday

June 24, 2019

The Pearl Mist, a 210-passenger cruise ship, is expected to dock at Port Milwaukee on Tuesday. It will be the first of 11 port calls by cruise ships expected at the port this season. That is more than double the number of stops by cruise ships in Milwaukee last year. Pearl Mist’s voyages on the Great…

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Funding for Soo Locks included in new legislation

June 21, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers. The money will go towards building a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. President Trump made the request when he released his annual budget proposal in March. The funding is included in larger…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation workers were honored by the U.S. Department of Transportation at an event in Massena recently.

June 21, 2019

  Members of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) workforce in Massena were recognized Tuesday, May 14 by SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. Corporation employees who have exemplified the organization’s core values of service, leadership, stewardship, dependability and commitment were honored during an awards ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock Visitors’ Center. Read…

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National Maritime Day celebrated in Duluth

June 17, 2019

The Twin Ports maritime industry celebrated National Maritime Day Wednesday with a lunchtime event at the Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth. Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association was the keynote speaker. The date of May 22 was chosen for an annual maritime celebration to mark the date of…

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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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Duluth-Superior Port Earns Pacesetter Award

May 29, 2019

  The Duluth-Superior Port is being honored for seeing an increase in international cargoes. They’ve earned the 2018 Pacesetter Award, which was officially handed over Wednesday afternoon at a National Maritime Day celebration. Craig Middlebrook, from the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, said, “This doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the hard work you and your staff…

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Bustling Duluth-Superior port awarded for international heft

May 29, 2019

Eyeballing both the Duluth-Superior port activity and online vessel tracking sites these days reveals a shipping trade swarming the Great Lakes. “It’s definitely busy out there,” Jayson Hron of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said. Further testament to steady shipping traffic came Wednesday, when the Port of Duluth-Superior received its 17th Pacesetter Award — a…

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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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Lawmakers lauded for supporting ports, maritime industry

May 29, 2019

  The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) presented the 2019 Port Person of the Year award to Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, R-Fla. The award was presented last week following the Congressional PORTS Caucus in Washington, D.C. Díaz-Balart (pictured above center) is the ranking member of the House Appropriation Committee’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD)…

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Over 100 freighters transport iron ore across the Great Lakes

May 29, 2019

When it comes to discussions about iron ore shipping, it’s best to start with an icebreaker. Every year on March 25, the Soo Locks in Sault Saint Marie, MI (and Ontario, Canada) open, signaling the beginning of the Great Lakes shipping season. Around the same time, United States Coast Guard cutters, with help from Canadian…

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