The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 54th annual international shipping season
And the first vessel to transit the Welland Canal as part of the opening
ceremony: the Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit from McKeil Marine. The event
included the annual “top hat” ceremony, a tradition since 1947 where a top
hat is presented to the captain of the season's first vessel.
Meanwhile, Indiana's first international ship is tentatively scheduled to
arrive at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on April 7. The MV Isadora, a
Polsteam vessel, is traveling from Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
“The opening of the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway allows the flow of
international trade to and from the Great Lakes ports,” said Peter Laman,
port director at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “Our port is truly a
world-class asset for the Portage community and the state. It is open
year-round handling barge and lake traffic, but the international season
brings new cargoes and increased shipments, which means jobs for our
longshoremen, truckers and many others in the logistics industry. We're
looking forward to a solid shipping season in 2012.”
For the 2012 season, Seaway management added a new business growth incentive
of a 20-percent rebate on cargo tolls to carriers offering a new service
from Great Lakes ports to other global markets. Other incentives carrying
over to the 2012 season include a 20-percent discount on tolls for a new
cargo, origin, or destination; and a 10-percent reduction of tolls for
certain volume discounts.
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority that operates a system of
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