Port of Cleveland Petitions for Federal Policy to Stop Open Lake Dumping of Cuyahoga River Sediment

Supported by bipartisan Congressional coalition, updates would protect Lake Erie from potential environmental contamination

Cleveland, Ohio November 17, 2015: The Port of Cleveland recently petitioned the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to modify the description of the Cleveland Harbor navigation project in law to prevent sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River from being placed in Lake Erie. That request has now been supported by a bipartisan group of six US Congressional Representatives from Ohio. The effort comes on the heels of a plan by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for open lake dumping of potentially contaminated river sediment in the open waters of Lake Erie.

To keep the Cuyahoga River deep enough for large commercial ships, up to 250,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged annually from the riverbed and harbor. Traditionally, sediment has been placed in confined disposal facilities (CDFs) due to concerns about contamination from the river’s historic industrial use and other sources. Although river sediments are now far less contaminated than in the past, recent testing still shows trace levels of the toxin PCB, which accumulates in the food chain, including Lake Erie fish.  2015.11.17 Full Press Release

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

Award presented as part of dynamic board agenda including maritime, infrastructure, and development finance items

Cleveland, Ohio (September 10, 2015) – The Port of Cleveland was presented with a Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) this morning at its 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.  2015.09.10 Full Press Release

Energy Industry Director to Lead the Port’s Government Outreach Efforts

Cleveland, Ohio:  The Port of Cleveland has hired Jade Davis as Vice President of External Affairs.

Davis, 34, begins on September 10, 2015 and will be responsible for implementing and managing the Port’s government relations and communications efforts. The position will focus on local, state and federal issues of concern to the Port, stakeholder engagement and strategic media efforts. Davis comes from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), based in Washington DC, where he served as Senior Director of State Affairs and Outreach.  He will take on this new leadership role, beginning September 10, and will report directly to Port CEO William Friedman.  2015.08.12 Full Press Release

Port of Cleveland International Shipping Connection Reaches 30 Countries Across Four Continents

Board agenda includes milestones in maritime, development finance, infrastructure, and environmental initiatives


Cleveland, Ohio (July 9, 2015) – The Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met today to receive an update on impressive maritime figures and approve an agenda including additional milestones in development financing and environmental remediation of the Cuyahoga River.  Since launching last year, the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group has positioned the Port as a leader on the Great Lakes, and recent data supports the value of the strategic investment.  2015.07.10 Full Press Release

Port Seeks to Join Lawsuit to Protect Lake Erie

Today, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority filed a motion in federal court to join the State of Ohio as a plaintiff in litigation to resolve a dispute with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proper management of material dredged from Cleveland harbor and the responsibility for associated costs.  2015.04.23 Full Media Advisory

Port of Cleveland to Make Strategic Investments to Increase Competitiveness

Board approves funds for new cranes and warehouse construction


Cleveland, Ohio (April 22, 2015) – The Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met today and approved a series of critical investments in its docks and maritime capacity that will better position the Port with shippers and operate in a more green, efficient manner.  The $7.9 million in infrastructure improvements, funded fully through grants and forgivable loans, include construction of a new warehouse, purchase of new cranes, and new equipment to support the Cleveland-Europe Express liner service operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group.   2015.04.22 Full Press Release

Port of Cleveland Taps Chris Ronayne to Lead Board of Directors

New slate of Officers elected as Port positions to continue role in supporting jobs, global competiveness for the region


Cleveland, Ohio (March 31, 2015) – The Board of Trustees for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority today unanimously elected Chris Ronayne as its new board chair. As President and CEO of University Circle, Inc., which oversees the growth and direction of one of Ohio’s fastest growing employment district, Ronayne has led planning, development, education, marketing, police, and other shared services for the district over a decade of sustained growth.

“I’m truly looking forward to leveraging the economic power of the Port of Cleveland to create more jobs for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio,” said Ronayne. “From our international export capacity to our financing capabilities, the Port of Cleveland is a key logistics hub and financing center that can enhance our regional economic development agenda.”  2015.03.31 Full Press Release Port Board Leadership

Port Board Approves Agreement to Expand Cleveland-Europe Express

Dynamic board agenda also includes milestones in development finance and environmental stewardship


Cleveland, Ohio (March 31, 2015) – The Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met today and approved a dynamic agenda of items in maritime commerce, development finance, and environmental stewardship that will produce benefits for Northeast Ohio’s economy and citizens.

The Board approved a new service agreement with the Spliethoff Group to continue operating the Cleveland – Europe Express, the only direct, scheduled maritime service from the Great Lakes to Europe.  The new agreement will double the frequency of the service and continue the momentum from 2014, the inaugural season of the service. 2015.03.31 Full Press Release



CLEVELAND, OH (December 16, 2014) – The board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority voted today to accept an annual budget for 2015; it includes $20 million in capital investments to enhance maritime operations and sediment management.  2014.12.16 Full Press Release

Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancings, Accepts Homeland Security Grant

CLEVELAND, OH (October 15, 2014) – The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors voted today to provide up to $161 million to support the combined refinancings of four previous economic development projects, as well as approved the acceptance of a Homeland Security grant.  2014.10.15 Full Press Release

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