Press Releases

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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Port Milwaukee Concludes 2019 Cruise Ship Season

October 8, 2019

Ten Passenger Ship Visits Brought Thousands of Visitors Here On Tuesday, Port Milwaukee will welcome the season’s final passenger cruise ship when the Hamburg arrives with more than 300 passengers. Milwaukee will have a total of ten vessel visits this year which is more than double the number from 2018. “Milwaukee is an important and…

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$6 million in funding announced for new Visitors’ Center at Eisenhower Lock in Massena

September 26, 2019

MASSENA — A new visitor’s center at the U.S. Eisenhower Lock will be constructed thanks to $6 million in funding for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced the funding at the 60th anniversary of the Seaway. The new center will welcome the tens of thousands of…

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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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Port of Oswego Earns 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

September 3, 2019

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…

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Ogdensburg sees big numbers at airport and on seaway

August 29, 2019

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) – United Express flights at Ogdensburg International Airport are not just taking off – they’re soaring. The airline handled over 3,000 passengers in just its third month of operations there. “We’re seeing a great uptick in the numbers…and the numbers just keep rising,” said Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority executive…

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Lorain Port Authority Announces New Marina Operator

August 26, 2019

The Lorain Port Authority announced Aug. 1 it has reached a 10-year agreement with Oasis Marinas to operate the Port’s Lakeside Marina. The Annapolis, Md.-based company will make Lorain its first foothold in the Great Lakes to be called Oasis Marinas at Port Lorain. Oasis has marinas in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. “Our comprehensive operations and…

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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. 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…

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Port of Monroe Receives Fourth 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Port of Monroe was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. 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…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. 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…

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Senator Rob Portman Named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

August 8, 2019

TOLEDO, OH – Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect our Waters and Grow our Regional Economy

July 17, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers gathered today for their 2019 Leadership Summit. The Governors and Premiers announced a series of actions on water, transportation, impact investing, and tourism. “The waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River unite our states and provinces,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Chair…

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Port of Chicago wants more funds to fix aging infrastructure

July 15, 2019

The inclusion of $35 million in funding for state port districts in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget is “awesome” but more money will be needed to repair the Port of Chicago‘s aging infrastructure, a port executive said. The Illinois Ports Association had requested $250 million for all 19 Illinois port districts, including $100 million for…

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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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