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Seaway tugboat arrives in Massena, New York

Seaway tugboat arrives in Massena, New York

(Posted on 22/07/20)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the arrival today of its new tugboat, the SEAWAY GUARDIAN, in Massena, New York. The vessel has been on a three-week journey through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana, where it was constructed.

The SEAWAY GUARDIAN will be the first new American-built tugboat to join SLSDC since the Seaway opened 61 years ago.

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is important because it provides access for American raw materials, manufactured goods and agricultural products to be exported all

over the world. Many thanks to the Wisconsin-based crew that sailed the new tug

on its long journey from the shipyard to the Seaway. The SEAWAY GUARDIAN,

the first new American-built, American-crewed tugboat to join the Saint Lawrence

Seaway Corporation in 61 years, will be a great addition to the Seaway’s fleet,”

said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Construction of the SEAWAY GUARDIAN, which is capable of operating in

difficult ice conditions, began in 2018. The keel was laid on June 26, 2018 and the

vessel launched on September 12, 2019. Sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico were

completed in June of this year and the tug began its delivery voyage to SLSDC’s

marine base in Massena on July 2.

The SEAWAY GUARDIAN’S primary missions will be buoy maintenance and ice

management. It will also assist in firefighting and emergency operational response

on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new tug cost $24 million to construct as part of

the SLSDC’s Asset Renewal Program. The tug will replace the 62-year-old vessel,

ROBINSON BAY, which the SLSDC will maintain as back-up for the foreseeable

Shipping on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System sustains more than

237,000 jobs and generates $35 billion in economic activity annually. The St.

Lawrence Seaway stands to see continued growth, following the passage of the

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a comprehensive, 21st

century agreement with two of the United States’ most critical trade partners. The

USMCA not only keeps most tariffs between the three countries at zero, it does

more than any prior agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers and unfair subsidies

that work against America’s farmers, workers, and employers.

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