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 an increase in international cargo tonnage.
SLSDC’s Associate Administrator, Tom Lavigne, presented the award to William W. Scriber, Port of Oswego Executive Director, and Amy Tresidder, POA Chairperson. The Port was one of only eight recipients to be honored for the 2018 season.
The Port of Oswego is a critical catalyst for the Central New York economy. Annually, the Port supports over 200 jobs and $26 million in economic activity.
“The Port of Oswego had a record-breaking year in 2018, especially for grain exports with more than 51,000 metric tons of soybeans shipped out to foreign markets. Overall, we experienced a 325 percent increase year-over-year, economic impact that was shared across the central New York region, said William Scriber, Executive Director, Port of Oswego. The Pacesetter Award is proof of our dedication to Great Lakes Seaway shipping, the Great Lakes region, State of New York and our vibrant community, here in Oswego,” said Scriber.
The Port of Oswego Authority became a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export station in 2018, working in conjunction with Perdue Agribusiness. The joint venture included the creation of a grading office and facility upgrades.