Economy

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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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System’s 2021 Navigation Season Starts Strong

May 18, 2021

Iron ore surges over 2020 tonnage; Seaway-wide tonnage up nearly four percent, tracking 5-year average The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System handled over four million tons of cargo from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 22, 2021 through April…

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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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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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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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State Grants $500,000 For Port Of Green Bay Expansion

January 4, 2021

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Gov. Tony Evers has announced a $500,000 grant for Brown County for the Port of Green Bay expansion and movement of coal piles. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is granting the money to the county to help in purchasing the former WPS Pulliam Plant property. The county intends to move…

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The Tools to Compete: Comparing State-Level Assistance Programs for Great Lakes Commercial Ports

December 23, 2020

‘The Tools to Compete’ Report Compares State-Level Assistance Programs for Great Lakes Commercial Ports   A comparative research analysis evaluating state-level support in six Great Lakes states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan reveals significant inequities in state investment for commercial port infrastructure compared to coastal ports. The Tools to Compete: Comparing State-Level Assistance…

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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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Port Tonnage Bounces Back In November

December 8, 2020

(Green Bay, Wis.) – Following a slow October, when just more than 110,000 tons moved through the Port of Green Bay, November shipments were strong at nearly 238,000 tons. “We saw a nice increase in limestone imports in November,” said Port Director Dean Haen. “Coal and petroleum products also played a role in the solid November…

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Record Year For Wind Parts Helps Salvage Port Season In Duluth

December 1, 2020

With iron ore and coal markets depressed, the port’s handling of 525,000 freight tons of wind-energy components smashed last year’s record of 306,000 freight tons. The season’s final foreign ship carrying wind energy parts to the Port of Duluth-Superior came and went last week — and along with the Liberia-flagged BBC Swift went another record-setting…

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Another Record Season For Wind Turbine Shipments At Duluth Port

November 19, 2020

About 525,000 tons of blades and tower parts will move through the harbor this year. DULUTH – Massive wind turbine blades that will one day tower above Midwestern prairies hovered atop oversized truck beds along the Duluth harbor last week as they awaited the final leg of their journey. Once these parts are trucked away…

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Michels Inks Long-term Lease At Port Milwaukee

November 16, 2020

Port Milwaukee and Michels Corporation have formally signed a lease agreement for nearly 17.5 acres at the port’s Grand Trunk site along the Kinnickinnic River. The agreement has an initial term of 20 years, and, with extensions, could continue for a total of 99 years. The lease signing is the culmination of a process that…

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