Month: February 2018

The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2018 Sailing Season

February 28, 2018

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS – The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River. A workhorse…

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Major New Investments on the Great Lakes – Cleveland Cliffs HBI Plant

February 22, 2018

  Major new investments are on the horizon at Great Lakes ports, including a new hot briquetted iron (HBI) plant which will be located in Toledo – the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. The $700-million plant, led by Cleveland Cliffs, a major supplier of iron ore in North America, will be the sole…

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Ports of Indiana: Building on Success

February 22, 2018

The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority, established in 1963, which operates three ports: two on the Ohio River, one on Lake Michigan. Port officials refer to the three as “America’s Premier Inland Port System.” They cite location, location, location, providing access via two critical freight arteries – the Great Lakes and the…

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2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Opportunity Announced

February 20, 2018

The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Grants solicitation is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to habitat restoration projects that both meet NOAA’s mission to restore coastal habitats and support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) goal to protect and restore habitats, in…

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Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Records All-Time High Cargo Shipments

February 20, 2018

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. – The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled more cargo in 2017 than any port in the 57-year history of Indiana’s port system. This was the third-straight year the port handled more than 6 million tons, resulting in a three-year average that was 60 percent higher than the previous three years. Port shipments…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority – More Than A Port

February 20, 2018

  Did you know the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is More than a Port?

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Ports of Indiana Completes Unprecedented Four-Year Growth Run

February 20, 2018

Average annual shipments jump 50 percent over previous four-year period INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 14, 2018) – The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization’s 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana…

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See Michigan’s Soo Locks Drained of All Its Water

February 19, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Winter maintenance season at the Soo Locks offers an entirely different perspective of the hulking transportation system that is the engineering linchpin of Great Lakes shipping. The locks began its three-month seasonal shutdown on Jan. 15 so crews could address some major repair projects, regular inspections and maintenance. The U.S. Army…

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Museum Offers Chance to Win 5-day Cruise on Great Lakes Freighter

February 19, 2018

MACKINAW CITY, MI – A Michigan maritime museum is offering two people the trip of a lifetime; a five-day cruise aboard a Great Lakes freighter. Through a random drawing hosted by the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, one lucky winner and his/her guest will have the opportunity to travel aboard one of the vessels in Central…

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A Ship Without a Captain: Michigan Working to Bring Autonomous Vessels to Great Lakes

February 16, 2018

Autonomous vehicles are making their way towards the highways and streets of America, and between the automakers and the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, Michigan is playing a big role in developing the technology for autonomous vehicles. Since Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, what about autonomous vessels on the lakes? Michael Beaulac of…

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Manufacturer Sees Growth in Great Lakes Shipping

February 14, 2018

Construction will soon begin on a new iron plant in Toledo.  The Port Authority there says it’s a big step in the right direction for Great Lakes shipping. Cleveland Cliffs – an iron ore manufacturer — is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes. It produces hot briquetted iron, using new technology. The…

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Ports of Indiana Hires East Coast Port Executive with Indiana Roots to Lead Jeffersonville Port

February 13, 2018

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2018) – A former North Carolina Ports executive with Indiana-ties has been named port director for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Jeff Miles, a born-and-raised Hoosier and veteran of the maritime industry, has returned to Indiana to lead port operations and business development at the southern Indiana port. Miles’ industry experience includes…

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Tonnage Down, Cargo Diversity Up, At Port of Monroe

February 13, 2018

DTE Energy’s shift to transporting more coal by rail is among contributing factors for 2017′s shipping statistics. On its surface, it might appear to the untrained eye the Port of Monroe had a down year in 2017. Port Director Paul C. LaMarre III said while the annual cargo tonnage is down, it is not the…

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2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference Recap

February 12, 2018

More than 200 leaders, experts and influencers from across the maritime industry gathered together for the 2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference on Feb 6 and 7 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The bi-national annual meeting between the US and Canada focused on topics including autonomous technology, government partnerships, wind energy and…

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Shipping on the Great Lakes-Seaway – Efficient. Green. Sustainable.

February 12, 2018

Shipping goes big on the five Great Lakes, their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River – forming one of the longest deep draft navigation systems in the world. For more than 200 years, this bi-national waterway has served as a critical foundation for the region’s economy. When it comes to waterborne transportation, efficiency is…

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