Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $6 Million in Funding for New Visitors’ Center at Eisenhower Lock

October 30, 2019

MASSENA, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. Secretary Chao was joined by Transport Canada Director General of Marine Policy Marc-Yves Bertin, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, (R-NY), U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig…

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Transportation Secretary Chao Commemorates St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 28, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S.-Canadian waterway, at a Sept. 24 ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York. “For 60 years, the St. Lawrence Seaway has been a safe and reliable gateway for global commerce, further demonstrating our nation’s strong and strategic…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Highlights Economic Impact

October 26, 2019

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership hosted Capitol Day in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday to meet with Governor Tim Walz and other key legislators to share insights on the critical role of the Great Lakes Seaway system in maintaining a vibrant regional, national and global economy. “Commercial navigation on the Great Lakes Seaway system is an…

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Great Lakes shipping executives float Soo Locks funding ask in St. Paul

October 23, 2019

ST. PAUL — U.S. and International steamship executives, Great Lakes port authority directors and development officials on Tuesday, Oct. 22, traveled to the Minnesota Capitol to highlight the economic value of shipping on the Great Lakes. In visits with lawmakers, economic development, transportation and pollution control commissioners as well as with Gov. Tim Walz, the…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 22, 2019

Cornwall Ontario – Hands-free mooring technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new technology has been hailed as the most important technological advance on the Seaway since it opened in 1959. Earlier this year, the Seaway…

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Wind energy lifts Great Lakes shipping in August

October 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of August, Seaway officials said Tuesday. For the year-to-date, however, total cargo shipments for the period from March 22 through Aug. 31 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway…

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Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade

October 18, 2019

Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade. They’ll be led by Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. Kaptur is chairwoman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. Joining them Friday in…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Boosted by Diverse Cargo Mix in September, Heading into Peak Season

October 16, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include:  Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke — 929,000 metric tons;…

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MDOT Prepares For New Soo Lock

October 14, 2019

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an effort is underway to build a new Soo Lock. Congress this year approved more than $75 million for the initial construction and design of a lock to complement the Poe Lock. MDOT contract manager Ryan Mitchell, speaking on the…

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Guest speakers reflect on 60 years of St. Lawrence Seaway; look to future

October 2, 2019

MASSENA — Several guests reflected on the past and looked forward to the future as they spoke during the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th anniversary celebration this week at Eisenhower Lock. The guests included U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao; U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville; Chief Edward Roundpoint from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne;…

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Chao Commemorates Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 1, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway September 24 at a ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y. Chao was joined by Transport Canada Director General of Marine Policy Marc-Yves Bertin, Rep. Elise Stefanik, (R-N.Y.), U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook, Canadian Seaway President and CEO Terence Bowles,…

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DOT Secretary Chao helps commemorate 60 years of the St. Lawrence Seaway

September 26, 2019

  The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, was in Massena yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Seaway opened in 1959 to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes for shipping. Secretary Chao praised the economic impact of the Seaway and federal investment in its upkeep. Massena is…

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Wind Energy Lifts Great Lakes Shipping in August

September 26, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in both traditional and project cargo for the month of August. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 22, 2019 through August 31, 2019 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway saw year-over-year (YOY) increases…

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New tugboat takes to the Seaway in 2020

September 25, 2019

MASSENA — The Robinson Bay tugboat that has broken ice, hauled and placed buoys along the St. Lawrence Seaway for six decades will soon retire, and a newer, larger and more powerful vessel will take its place. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., which manages the U.S. portion of the international waterway, expects its new…

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