Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority boosts international cargo

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The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. awarded the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for increases in international cargo shipments during the 2010 navigation season. SLSDC Associate Administrator Sal Pisani presented the award to Wade Davis, executive director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, during Ogdensburg’s Port Commerce Day.

“President Obama has set a goal of doubling U.S. exports, and it is this kind of strong performance by the Port of Ogdensburg that is going to help us achieve that goal,” Pisani says. “The new business through the port shows a strengthening of the regional economy, which will translate into new employment opportunities.”

In 2010, the port processed more than 30 thousand metric tons in international cargo over 2009. This is the sixth time that the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority has received the Pacesetter award, which recognizes increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the seaway.

“The Port of Ogdensburg continues to demonstrate its relevance in the St. Lawrence Seaway system, in business and industrial commerce, and greatly appreciates the second Pacesetter recognition within the last five years,” says Davis. “The Port of Ogdensburg continues to expand its agricultural and heavy-lift capabilities, is creating a new access road for over-dimensional cargo, has developed a port master plan in conjunction with New York State Department of Transportation and continues to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to meet future dredging needs. While this award recognizes the efforts of the Port of Ogdensburg for increased tonnage, there is no doubt that the Port of Ogdensburg has a bright future as seaway traffic continues to rebound.”