Press Releases

St. Lawrence Seaway Active with International Shipments, Moving Global Supply Chain, Despite Persistent Coastal Congestion

December 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported an increase of 1.66 percent for St. Lawrence Seaway (Seaway) traffic. Import volumes into the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System continue to climb as east and west coast ports experience congestion and shipping delays. An overall total of 33,329,000 metric tons of…

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Smooth Sailing: Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Increases While Global Supply Chain Experiences Disruption & Freight Woes

November 18, 2021

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported an increase of 1.92 percent for St. Lawrence Seaway (Seaway) traffic. An overall total of 28,494,000 metric tons of cargo shipped through the Seaway from the opening of the Seaway on March 22, 2021, through October 31, 2021 (i.e., Year-to-date or YTD).…

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Launch of the First U.S.-flagged Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly 40 years

October 29, 2021

STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, Oct. 28, 2021: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a launch ceremony Thursday, marking the latest milestone for the new 639 – foot M/V Mark W. Barker. The first U.S.- flagged Great Lakes freighter to be built on the Great Lakes in nearly 40 years, the M/V Mark W. Barker – while still under construction – was “launched” or otherwise floated in the water in the…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Navigates the Global Supply Chain With Significant Increase in Steel, Iron, & Iron Ore Tonnage

October 19, 2021

Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System handled 5,361,000 mt of iron ore (+26.63 percent increase year-over-year) and 1,589,000 mt of iron and steel, an impressive 99.16 percent increase YOY. This noteworthy growth is reinforced by the…

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Demand for Iron Ore & Steel Drives Activity Across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System handled 20,723,000 metric tons of cargo shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway (Seaway) from the opening of the Seaway on March 22, 2021, through August 31, 2021 (i.e., Year-to-date or…

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The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Continues to Be Strong Supply Chain for Wind Energy

August 18, 2021

Ports of Erie, Burns Harbor, and Duluth see wind energy cargo on eight ships from five countries Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System saw 1,733 total transits from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on…

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The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Increase in Construction Materials Over 2020 Tonnage

July 22, 2021

Asphalt, Cement and Clinkers Surge Over 2020 Numbers   The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System handled over 108,000 tons of asphalt from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 22, 2021 through June 30, 2021, a 61 percent increase compared…

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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Strong May in Coordination with a Rebounding American Economy

June 17, 2021

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Strong May in Coordination with a Rebounding American Economy Iron ore continues its steady climb over 2020 numbers   Washington, D.C. (June 16, 2021) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System handled over 1.4 million tons…

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The Three-peat Port: The Biggest Little Port – Port of Monroe Wins Pacesetter Award in 2018, 2019 & Now 2020

June 8, 2021

The Three-peat Port: The Biggest Little Port Port of Monroe Wins Pacesetter Award in 2018, 2019 & Now 2020   Monroe, MI. (June 8, 2021) – The Port of Monroe navigates the 2021 Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Navigation Season with accolades and momentum from 2020.     Accolades for the Biggest Little Port The Great…

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Telling The Tale Of Shipping In America

March 24, 2021

Short Film Series, American Anchor, Shares Stories from the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway  The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today launched American Anchor, a series of short films highlighting key transportation supply chains and illustrating the global and regional impacts of Great Lakes Seaway shipping. Each year, waterborne transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region…

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U.S. Great Lakes Cruise Coalition Partners with Hwy H20 Marketing Program

February 24, 2021

The United States-based members of the U.S. Great Lakes Cruise Coalition (GLCC), which consists of various U.S.- based ports, vessel agencies, and tourism entities, have now joined the Hwy H2O marketing brand of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLS).  This move aligns regional cruising advocates with an existing brand that markets the Seaway…

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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Strong 2020 Navigation Season

January 19, 2021

American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system reported that overall tonnage during the 2020 navigation season was down just 1.7 percent compared to the 2019 navigation season, despite facing a challenging year. Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said, “The Seaway’s 62nd navigation…

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Learn History Of St. Lawrence Seaway At Virtual Presentation Next Week

January 7, 2021

  CANTON, N.Y. (WWTI) — Want to learn more about the St. Lawrence Seaway? A virtual presentation will details features of the 370 mile seaway system in Canada and the United States. The waterway is a system of locks, canals and channels and permits ongoing vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great…

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Port Spotlight Series: Port Of Duluth-Superior Breaks Record For Wind Cargo

January 7, 2021

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2021) – Like other American ports across the Great Lakes, the Port of Duluth-Superior witnessed an increase in wind cargo arrivals this shipping season, as well as a boost in agricultural exports. The grain gains were modest in Duluth-Superior – tracking 1-2 percent ahead of the 2019 pace and the five-season…

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U.S. Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Ports Busy in November

December 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System report a busy November as businesses stockpile for the end of the year. In November, shipments of U.S. agriculture and wind turbine components remain steady as they have been throughout the 2020 navigation season, while steel movement picks up pace before the year’s end. Craig H. Middlebrook,…

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