Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Great Lakes Towing Docks Tugboat at Black River Landing

May 11, 2020

  Despite the changes that made due to novel coronavirus, a constant for Lorain still is Lake Erie and the Black River. Operations have continued for water-related services including Great Lakes Towing, which had a large vessel docked May 11 at Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane in downtown Lorain. Tom Brown, executive director of the…

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Port Of Duluth-Superior Lands Record 17th Pacesetter Honor

May 7, 2020

The award is given to domestic Great Lakes ports that show year-over-year tonnage increases for international cargoes.     The port of Duluth-Superior earned its second consecutive Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. on Wednesday. The honor acknowledged an increase in international cargo tonnage during the 2019 shipping season. The port of…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2019 Season “Pacesetter Award”

May 6, 2020

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that five U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System received the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2019 navigation season. “The St. Lawrence Seaway and its ports are vital…

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Modifications Made To Grasse River Cleanup To Accommodate Larger Tugboat

April 15, 2020

  MASSENA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there will be some modifications when work begins again this year to address sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the Grasse River Superfund Site. The modification calls for removal of an additional 90,000 cubic yards of sediment from an area of the river near Snug…

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SeawayCompass – Guest Columnist – Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers

April 14, 2020

David Naftzger Executive Director, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers A Fresh Outlook and Bold Goals in 2020 The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers have bold goals for our region’s maritime system — to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental footprint of the region’s transportation network and support the region’s industrial core.…

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SeawayCompass – Seaway Spotlight – Fednav

April 14, 2020

The SLSDC continues its series of videos to highlight the binational system and its remarkable stakeholder community. This video features a conversation with Deputy Administrator Middlebrook and Nicole Trépanier, Director, External Relations for Fednav. Ms. Trépanier shares her thoughts on her new role with Fednav and how to effectively educate the public on the importance…

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Indiana-Burns Harbor Welcomes First Ocean Vessel Of 2020

April 13, 2020

    The first ocean-going vessel arrived today at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, marking the start of the 2020 international shipping season. Officials at the Lake Michigan deepwater port welcomed the M/V Muntgracht, a 466-foot general cargo carrier operated by Amsterdam-headquartered Spliethoff, after her five-day voyage through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The annual tradition of presenting…

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First Saltie Of Year Visits The Twin Ports

April 8, 2020

Federal Churchill is flying under the flag of the Marshall Islands and is captained by Arnab Roy of India. The ship was built in 2016 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan.     The first saltie of the year made its way into the Duluth-Superior port Wednesday night with many looking on, a sure sign that…

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Season’s First Saltie Scheduled To Arrive In Duluth Tonight

April 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The first oceangoing vessel of 2020 is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior tonight at approximately 8 p.m. Federal Churchill, a 656-foot ice-class bulk carrier owned by Montréal-based Fednav, will earn the First Ship distinction, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the…

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Remainder Of Duluth’s Great Lakes Fleet Crewing Up To Start

April 6, 2020

Led by the Arthur M. Anderson, the rest of the Duluth-based fleet of lake freighters will come out of winter layup in the coming days — and enter into an uncertain time.     Close observers of Great Lakes shipping have noticed that not all of the Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet have been in action since…

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Soo Locks Shipping Season Officially Begins

March 25, 2020

The Soo Locks are open for business! Wednesday is the first day of the shipping season on the St. Marys River. At one minute past midnight, the H. Lee White entered the Poe Lock on its way to Duluth. The Lee is the first of many freighters that will make opening day a busy one. Several…

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U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Begins The 2020 Sailing Season Amid The Challenges Of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 24, 2020) – The first U.S.-flag commercial vessel, known as “lakers,” will transit the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday, March 25, signaling the start of the 2020 sailing season. They carry the materials that drive the U.S. economy: iron ore for steel, stone and cement…

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Shipping Season Gets Underway In The Twin Ports

March 23, 2020

  DULUTH, MN — The Great Lakes Shipping season is getting off to a start, at least here in the Twin Ports. The Honorable James Oberstar passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 10 p.m. Monday making it the first laker to leave the Duluth harbor this season. It was destined for Two Harbors.  …

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Soo Locks Opening As Scheduled

March 20, 2020

The mandated March 25 opening of the Soo Locks is expected to go off as planned at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, but the usual small crowd of dedicated boatnerds will not be able to watch from the viewing stand. The park grounds at the Soo Locks has been closed for now, including the visitor center there.…

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Port City Review: These 20 Seaport Communities Help Drive The U.S. Economy

March 19, 2020

  Ports are “crucial to the economy,” Texas economist Ray Perryman wrote in 2017. “Ports generate substantial business activity through their operations, but those benefits are dwarfed by the huge importance of water transportation to other industries.” In this survey of 20 U.S. port cities, we look at various engines of economic development and see how they…

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