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    Port of Cleveland Receives Pacesetter Award for “Exceptional Growth” in International Trade


    The Port of Cleveland was presented with a Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) at its October monthly board meeting. The Pacesetter award recognizes the dramatic growth in international cargo, generated by the Port’s Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service and its traditional line of non-containerized steel cargo.

    Operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, the CEE provides the Great Lakes only scheduled maritime access to European markets. The growth produced by the CEE is “quite exceptional” said SLSDC Administrator Betty Sutton, who was on hand to present the award. Sutton noted a 35% increase in international cargo and 30 additional international ships traveling through the Seaway to or from Cleveland in 2014. The creation of the CEE was seen as a “breakthrough in St. Lawrence shipping,” said Sutton, who reported seeing increased awareness of and excitement for using the service in her travels on behalf of the SLSDC.

    “The Port of Cleveland is honored to receive the Pacesetter Award,” said Will Friedman, Port President and CEO. “It’s more proof that our strategic investment in the liner service and our docks are paying off, and helping Northeast Ohio businesses connect to and compete in the global economy.”

    An update on maritime delivered to the Board affirmed that the 2014 growth recognized by the Pacesetter Award has continued into 2015. Dave Gutheil, Port VP of Maritime & Logistics, stated that the CEE continues to increase volume significantly. The rise in shipping container traffic has been particularly dramatic.

    “We are up nearly 475% just in the volume of shipping containers compared with last year,” said Gutheil. “The direct international connection the CEE provides is critical for our region to compete in the global economy.”

    Gross revenue generated by the CEE also has more than tripled as compared with this time in 2014.