The Port of Oswego is the first U.S. port of call and deepwater port on the Great Lakes from the St. Lawrence Seaway. Located on Lake Ontario on route to the interior of North America, we are accessible from any international port in the world.
The Historical port is also home to Oswego Marina, the H. Lee White Marine Museum, historic maritime district, and fourteen companies that call it home for its domestic and international operations.
The Port of Oswego's strategic location at the crossroads of the Northeastern North American shipping market, puts us less than 350 miles from 60 million people. Extend that to 750 miles and you’ll reach half of the United States and Canadian population, and half of their business and manufacturing facilities.
Our location at the Southeastern point of Lake Ontario allows us to be a leader not only as a domestic partner, but as a leading international port. We are proud to be one of the most productive ports in North America with nearly 120 vessels and more than one million tons of cargo moving through the port on an annual basis.
With international clients and cargoes that span the globe from Brazil and Netherlands, to Russia and Indonesia, prove that the Port of Oswego is an international contender. Free of coastal port congestion and large city traffic, we are able to offer all our international and domestic shippers virtual year-round access to various Northeastern United States industrial and agricultural markets. As an ice free port, the Port of Oswego can receive vessel traffic 12 months out of the year, with deep draft vessels arriving from the North shore of Lake Ontario even when the St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to navigation.
The Port is open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week to accommodate vessels from all ports on the Great Lakes and around the world. The port entrance depth is 27 feet, a width of 750 feet, a turning basin of 115 acres and it has no restrictions on beam length for ships entering the harbor. The port hosts a U.S. Customs service office to facilitate the movement of legitimate international cargo by rail, truck and water.
As an eight-time Seaway Pacesetter Award Winner, we have a proven track record of economically and efficiently handling international cargoes.
The Port of Oswego - New York State's only Port on Lake Ontario.
The mission of the Port of Oswego Authority is to serve as an economic catalyst in the Central New York Development Council District Region by providing diversified and efficient transportation services and conducting operations in a manner that promotes regional and international growth and development while being mindful of our responsibility to serve as a steward of the environment.
Adopted - September 28, 2011
Revised - March 8, 2017
Economic Impact of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region - This report is completed every five years, and was funded by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, American Great Lakes Port Association, and others. The study took over eight months to complete, with over 1,000 data points gathered.View All
Meetings will typically be held the third Monday of each month at 4:30pm in the Port of Oswego Authority Conference Room located at 1 East Second Street, Oswego NY.View All