News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Meaden & Moore

Akron Children's Hospital

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Sutton says Cleveland port deal could be key in opening up the seaway
Former Ohio congresswoman says Spliethoff and Cleveland are key players in setting a new Transatlantic schedule that could be key to jobs
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
A Spliethoff vessel
Courtesy of Spliethoff
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

When the ice melts in April, the Port of Cleveland plans to start its direct freight service to northern Europe. It’s a first for a Great Lakes port – and the former Ohio congresswoman who now oversees the St. Lawrence Seaway says it’s an important boon to the region.

LISTEN: Sutton on the Cleveland port initiative

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:59)


When Betty Sutton was in Congress, her 13th District included a piece of the Lake Erie shoreline stretching east and west of Lorain. When President Obama appointed her the administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation this summer, her territory grew, stretching all the way from the Port of Montreal west to all of Lake Erie.

Sutton acknowledges the shipping channel doesn’t get all the attention showered on the Panama Canal and East and West Coast ports. But she says Cleveland’s monthly or even twice-a-month scheduled service to Europe could change that dramatically.

“You can move goods and supplies from the industrial heartland and to the industrial heartland and the agricultural heartland of North America faster, cheaper and greener. This service in and of itself is supposed to be able to cut off three to four days from what is traditional transit times from East Coast ports to Europe.”

Bypassing the East Coast
The time estimate comes from not having to ship containers and other traditional and nontraditional goods by rail or truck to the East Coast. And Sutton says that should be enough to offset the port’s one big disadvantage – the Lake Erie ice that shuts it down each winter.

Sutton insists she’s not being a homer in getting enthused about the plan. The Dutch shipping concern, Spliethoff Group, is negotiating the deal and Sutton says that’s one reason to take it seriously.

“One of the things that makes this so exciting is the people who are involved. The Port of Cleveland is one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. And when you look at the carrier Spielthoff, that is a carrier service that is one of the top carriers in the world.”

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority likens the scheduled service to airlines scheduled service and says it could increase cargo shipped through the port by as much as 400,000 tons a year. 

Some shipping news about the announcement:
http://www.breakbulk.com/breakbulk-news/industry-sector/ports-and-terminals/port-of-cleveland-unveils-scheduled-service-to-europe/ 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of prevention..to protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2016 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University