The ports, harbors, and terminals on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River form the backbone that supports maritime shipping in the region. We are working with the states and provinces to gather, review, and present a complete maritime asset inventory. States and provinces can then utilize this information for port development projects and economic development plans. Private sector users can access this information to better plan their own transportation needs. This inventory will be updated annually to track investment in this crucial infrastructure over time.
From broad policies to precise management actions, stakeholders are employing a variety of strategies to implement the Strategy for the Great Lakes- St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System. States, provinces, and the private sector are coming together to provide data about maritime infrastructure and shipping in the region. The database of maritime information will be presented in a concise manner that is easily accessible by decision-makers and the public. This will help track progress toward the goals outlined in the regional strategy: double maritime trade, support the region’s industrial core, and shrink the system’s environmental impact.