U.S. ports receive Pacesetter awards for annual increased cargo

John Loftus (Detroit Port Director), Pat Sutka (Nicholson Terminals Detroit), Zelko Kirincich (Oswego Port Director), Wade Davis (Ogdensburg Port Director), Betty Sutton (Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation), Sam LaMacchia (Port of Ogdensburg), and Paul LaMarre (Monroe Port Director).

Pictured during the presentation are (from left): John Loftus, Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority Executive Director; Pat Sutka, Nicholson Terminals Treasurer in Detroit; Zelko Kirincich, Port of Oswego Authority Executive Director & CEO; Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority Executive Director; Betty Sutton, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator; Sam LaMacchia, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority Board Chairman; and Paul LaMarre, III, Port of Monroe Director.

Four U.S. ports were named as 2015 Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award winners by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. SLSDC Administrator, Betty Sutton, presented the awards July 13 during the semi-annual American Great Lakes Ports Association meeting held in Chicago.

The following ports received the award for aggressively marketing international exports and imports during the 2015 navigation season:

  • The Port of Monroe handled nearly 855 metric tons of freight through the Seaway, representing a 100 percent jump in tonnage over 2014 figures. In addition to gypsum cargoes, the port handled steel pipes and windmill blades from Germany. It also received 127 sections of 40-foot long pipes for the Ohio gas line and windmill blades for Ventower Industries.
  • The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority handled nearly 90,000 metric tons of freight through the Seaway, representing a 118 percent jump in tonnage over 2014 figures. The port handled one shipment of imported fertilizer from Trinidad and Tobago and one shipment of outbound grain heading for the Netherlands.
  • The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority handled 523,000 metric tons of freight through the Seaway, representing a 47 percent jump in tonnage over 2014 figures. The majority of the shipments were steel and project cargo for the General Motors Lansing assembly plant. Other cargoes included sugar from Mexico and aluminum and asphalt from Canada.
  • The Port of Oswego handled 185,472 metric tons of freight through the Seaway, representing a 2 percent jump in tonnage over 2014 figures. Imported cargoes consisted of aluminum, agriculture grains, salt, cement and fuels. The port had an increase in aluminum, grains and salt shipments. The partnership with Novelis (Ford) continued to be a major factor in the increase of aluminum imports.

The Pacesetter Award is the Seaway’s flagship award and is presented to those U.S. ports that achieve year-on-year improvements in cargo tonnage moved through the Montreal-Lake Ontario locks. This marks the 24th year that SLSDC has presented the award. Other 2015 Pacesetter winners are the Port of Green Bay and Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, both were presented plaques during events at their ports.

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