Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announces port winners of 2019 Pacesetter Award
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced five U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System have been awarded the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, including the Port of Oswego, for increasing international cargo tonnage during the 2019 navigation season.
The Port of Oswego joined the Port of Chicago, in Illinois, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, in Minnesota, the Port of Green Bay, in Wisconsin, and the Port of Monroe, in Michigan, as winners of the 2019 Pacesetter Award. The Port of Oswego also won the award in 2019, and Executive Director William Scriber called the back-to-back wins a major accomplishment for the local Lake Ontario port.
“On behalf of our team at the Port of Oswego Authority, we’re delighted to accept this award, and especially excited about earning it in successive years, which reflects a continued level of achievement for our port,” Scriber said.
Scriber called the honor "an effort from each an every member of the port team," noting their everyday efforts make the Port of Oswego successful. He said the working men and women of the port made the award possible and called them "the backbone" of the port.
The SLSDC Pacesetter Award was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of U.S. ports whose activities resulted in increasing international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, excluding Canada, in comparison to the previous year.
“Congratulations to the five Great Lakes ports being recognized as Pacesetter Award recipients for their achievements during the 2019 Seaway navigation season,” said SLSDC’s Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. “The dedicated teams of professionals at our ports work hard to move increasing amounts of cargo safely and efficiently.”
The Port of Oswego has won the award on several other occasions in the last two-plus decades.
More than 237,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported annually by movement of various cargoes on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao called the St. Lawrence Seaway and its ports "vital to America's freight transportation network, job creation and economic growth."
The Port of Oswego in recent years has increased its capacity to ship grain, and embarked on more than $35 million project that, when complete, would triple the amount of agricultural goods that could be shipped through the port.
The Central New York Regional Agriculture Export Center Expansion Project repurposes two existing bulk storage structures and half a transit warehouse, in addition to constructing two new grain towers with new dump pits for rail and truck, a ship loading system, and improving conveyance systems for five storage structures.
The project was awarded roughly $15 million from the state of New York in November 2019.
For more information about the Port of Oswego, visit https://portoswego.com/