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Fednav “saltie” first to arrive at Port of Toronto

  PortsToronto Manager of Harbour Operations Michael Riehl “crowns” Captain Sumit Kumar of the MV Federal Hudson during the Port of Toronto’s 160th annual Beaver Hat Ceremony. Toronto – In a sure sign that spring is here, earlier this morning, PortsToronto “crowned” Captain Sumit Kumar of the MV Federal Hudson with an antique silk and beaver top …

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Cautious optimism reigns at opening of St. Lawrence Seaway

  SAINT-LAMBERT, QC – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) staged the opening of its 63rd navigation season today.  The CSL Group’s Baie St. Paul, a Trilliumclass Laker, was the first ship through the St. Lambert Lock in a virtual opening ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Canadian Minister of …

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Seaway volume gaining traction

  As the 2020 shipping season heads into the final months of the year, cargo shipments on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway made some gains in October as grain continues to hold strong in an otherwise rocky year. Overall Seaway cargo shipments (from April 1 to October 31) reached nearly 27.7 million tonnes, down 7.9 …

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Desgagnés vessel departs from Toronto after ‘historic’ container shipment

  The Claude A. Desgagnés self-unloading geared vessel departed early Sunday from Toronto after being the first ship in over a decade to transport containerized goods from Montreal to Toronto via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, port spokesperson Jessica Pellerin told Maritime Magazine today. Part of the fleet of Groupe Desgagnés, the ship arrived …

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Seaway grain shipments continue sharp gains

Port of Thunder Bay The global pandemic continued to impact cargo volume in certain commodities on the St. Lawrence Seaway, but Canadian grain shipments continued to show impressive gains, topping 6.2 million tonnes in the April 1 to end September commercial navigation period. This represented a 20% increase from a year earlier. Overall shipments through …

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Project cargo and grain stimulate Seaway traffic  

  As ports along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System continue to ride the waves of the 2020 shipping season, industry experts see better prospects for the remainder of the season thanks to a surge in project cargo and grain shipments. According to the latest figures, cargo volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway (from April 1 to …

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Covid-19 continues to impact Seaway cargo volumes

Photos: Paul Beesley The latest traffic results show that Great Lakes-Seaway shipping continues to feel the impact of the global pandemic. But grain shipments remain a bright feature. Tonnage through the bi-national transportation corridor totaled 3.9 million metric tons in July to bring the year-to-date total (from April 1 to July 31) to nearly 15.6 …

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U.S. Seaway corporation receives first American-built tugboat in 61 years

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the arrival today of its new tugboat, the Seaway Guardian, in Massena, New York. The vessel has been on a three-week journey through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana, where it …

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Grain sparks improving Great Lakes-Seaway cargo volumes in June

(photo Thunder Bay by Michael Hull) Canadian Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway reported improving cargo shipments in June fueled by grain exports, agricultural inputs and a recovery in construction materials. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that cargo tonnage from April 1 through June 30 through the bi-national transportation corridor totaled nearly 11.7 million metric …

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TSB investigating  two-vessel collision in Welland Canal

Florence Spirit and Alanis moments after the collision (courtesy of Jeremy Barton) The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has sent investigators on site following a rare head-on collision Saturday between two cargo vessels in the Welland Canal section of the St. Lawrence Seaway. There  was no interruption to Seaway traffic or reported injuries or fuel spills causing …

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