Shipping Season Nears End

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As winter weather hits the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway shipping channel into Lake Erie will likely close sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. 

During this shipping season, some 375,000 tons of cargo will have passed through the Port of Cleveland, according to its Vice President of External Affairs Jade Davis.  And he says energy-related products have been a big part of the port’s business.

"Everything from pipeline steel to components for power plants and things of that nature."

Davis expects those products being warehoused at the Port will keep operations humming there throughout the winter.

"Right now, we actually have components for a power plant that’s being built in the Lordstown area that are actually just been unloaded in the last 2 weeks at our docks and are being prepared to be travelled to Lordstown area via rail.  And so we’re going to be continuing to see more of those kinds of things and becoming more of an energy port destination for energy projects throughout the Midwest."

Davis says some of the Port’s priorities over the coming year include the stabilization of the riverbank at Irishtown Bend, the continued dredging of the Cuyahoga River shipping lane, and the Cleveland to Europe cargo line.

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