Six U.S. ports win Lewis Pacesetter Awards for 2015 shipping volume

Port of Green Bay | Courtesy of Brown County, Wis.

Six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System have been selected as Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award winners by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) for boosts in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports last year.

The Port of Oswego Authority and Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, both in New York; the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in Ohio; the Port of Green Bay in Wisconsin; the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and Port of Monroe, both in Michigan were honored.

“The Great Lakes region, North America’s ‘Opportunity Belt,’ is a thriving and influential destination, and the Seaway System connects this region to the world,” SLSDC Administrator Betty Sutton said. “Businesses are choosing to move their cargo through the Seaway System because of the economic benefits, safety and reliability of our waterway, and its direct access to the heartland of North America.”

The award recognizes port authorities that facilitate economic activity on an international basis.

“The impressive performance of these ports highlights the importance of marine transportation to their local economies, the Great Lakes region and the nation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

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