Economy

St. Lawrence Seaway traffic keeps pace with five-year average

December 19, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced that traffic is on pace with the Seaway’s five-year average. Through November, Great Lakes vessel operators moved a combined 34.04 million metric tons of cargo. Year-to-date overall tonnage is 6.4 percent behind 2018’s record-breaking season (compared to this time last year). As the navigation season nears its end, dry…

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U.S. House Approves Funding for New Soo Lock

December 18, 2019

Plans to build a new Soo lock just took another step forward. The U.S. House approved funding for its construction Tuesday afternoon. It’s part of a more than $1 trillion year-end government appropriations bill that will fund the federal government through the end of next September. The Soo Locks will get more than $75 million…

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Port of Duluth-Superior Celebrating Another Record Breaking Year

December 18, 2019

The port also saw a record amount of wind energy products with 306,000 freight tons, the most ever into Duluth. The Port of Duluth-Superior’s shipping season is drawing to a close and the Great Lakes busiest port is still a very busy place. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority the port is on pace…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Keeps Pace with Five-Year Average

December 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced that traffic is on pace with the Seaway’s five-year average. Through November, Great Lakes vessel operators moved a combined 34.04 million metric tons of cargo. Year-to-date overall tonnage is 6.4 percent behind 2018’s record-breaking season (compared to this time last year). As the navigation season nears its end, dry…

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Shipping crunch like Santa: ‘Deliveries to make’

December 17, 2019

Duluth-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder arrived home Monday to aid industry as it nears the end of the 2019-2020 shipping season. Crunch time arrived on the Great Lakes last weekend, as more than a dozen lake freighters sailed into the Twin Ports, Two Harbors and Silver Bay — a sign of increased intensity as…

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Study floated to deepen port

December 14, 2019

Schumer, Katko say action would bring more jobs, exports OSWEGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to conduct a feasibility study in 2020 for a potential deepening of the Port of Oswego Authority harbor, federal and port officials announced Friday. In statements from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. John…

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Great Lakes named world’s ’next hot cruise destination,’ top spot for travel in 2020

December 10, 2019

A major travel publication has named the Great Lakes region one of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2020.” Released annually by Travel + Leisure, the list includes destinations throughout the world including the Great Lakes, which writer Emma Balter called “the next hot cruise destination.” “Believe it,” she wrote. “The five lakes collectively offer…

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Port of Green Bay already tops 2 million tons for season

December 6, 2019

With nearly 207,000 tons of cargo moved into and out of the Port of Green Bay, Wis., in November, total tonnage has now topped the port’s goal of 2 million tons (2,081,962 tons) for the shipping season. Year-to-date tonnage is running 9% ahead of the total from the end of November in 2018. “Two million…

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Victory Cruise Lines re-ups with CMI Leisure

December 5, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines is continuing its partnership with CMI Leisure following the success of its inaugural season under the management of American Queen Steamboat Co. Cruising on the Great Lakes, US and Canadian coasts, Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I and Victory II were acquired by American Queen Steamboat Co. in January this year and began their inaugural…

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Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor: Feeding the Region’s Economy Since 1970

November 21, 2019

The Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor is one of the Region’s somewhat hidden engines. Home to a vast amount of real estate, cargo, and industry, the harbor helps propel commerce not just around Northwest Indiana, but worldwide. The Port of Indiana was founded in 1965, right on Lake Michigan at the intersection of U.S.…

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Soo Locks design, channel deepening plans underway

November 19, 2019

A new 1,000-foot lock to join the vital Great Lakes complex By Rep. Jack Bergman – – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: When I came to Congress in January of 2017, I made the construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a top priority. Like many things in Washington, this goal didn’t come…

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Iron Range Ore Used in Steel for New Laker

November 15, 2019

Once complete, the ship will be the first new laker since 1983. Construction of the first U.S.-flagged laker in more than 35 years is underway, and it’s using steel produced from Minnesota iron ore. Commissioned by the Interlake Steamship Company, the future 639-foot freighter will be capable of carrying 28,000 gross tons of cargo and is being…

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Duluth Achieves Wind Energy Cargo Record

November 12, 2019

The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons set…

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Waiver obtained to allow soybean shipments from Port of Oswego to continue

November 11, 2019

A waiver has been obtained that will allow local soybean farmers and the Port of Oswego to export tons of exports to international markets. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Oct. 18 that he called and wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to obtain the waiver so the whole…

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Port of Duluth-Superior seeing record-breaking year

November 11, 2019

DULUTH, MN — Having a record year. That’s the message from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in the midst of the shipping season. “It’s been a good season so far. It’s been solid,” said Jayson Hron, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Hron said thanks to Mother Nature’s force the shipping…

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