Port of Monroe Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’ – Honored for Significant Growth in International Tonnage

Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2018) – The Port of Monroe achieved a 123 percent growth in international tonnage in their 2017 Navigation Season on Wednesday July 25, 2018. For this, the port was honored with the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the SLSDC, presented the award to the Port of Monroe board of directors. The Port of Monroe was one of only six ports to receive the Pacesetter Award for the 2017 season.

Port of Monroe

“The Port has constructed a new river front dock with $4 million of State funding.” Middlebrook commended the work of the Port of Monroe and their director, Paul C. LaMarre III. “This is your third Pacesetter award – and I’m sure it won’t be the last due to your dedication and continued efforts for the City of Monroe, State of Michigan and maritime community.”

SLSDC Pacesetter Award

Pictured Left to Right: Paul C. LaMarre III, Director, Port of Monroe; Dr. Arthur Sulzer, Founder, Maritime Academy Charter High School of Philadelphia & Advisory Board Member, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Established in 1992, the SLSDC Pacesetter Award recognizes U.S. ports who have registered increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports and through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Over the past 25 years, the SLSDC has distributed more than 140 Pacesetter Awards to 14 different Great Lakes/Seaway ports.

About the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership
The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership is a coalition of leading US and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region of North America. The organization manages an education-focused communications program, sponsors research and works closely with media, policy makers, community groups, allied industries, environmental stakeholders and the general public to highlight the positive attributes of marine transportation.


The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is a marine highway that extends 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Approximately 143.5 million metric tons of cargo is moved across the System on an annual basis, supporting more than 237,868 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity.


For more information, please visit http://www.greatlakesseaway.org.

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