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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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Seaway cargo volumes impacted by COVID-19

While St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes decreased during the past two months due to economic shifts related to COVID-19, industry leaders said the binational trade and transportation corridor is ready to play its part in the economic recovery efforts in the coming months. The latest figures show that cargo transported on the St. Lawrence Seaway from April …

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