Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

First Saltie Of Year Visits The Twin Ports

April 8, 2020

Federal Churchill is flying under the flag of the Marshall Islands and is captained by Arnab Roy of India. The ship was built in 2016 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan.     The first saltie of the year made its way into the Duluth-Superior port Wednesday night with many looking on, a sure sign that…

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Season’s First Saltie Scheduled To Arrive In Duluth Tonight

April 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The first oceangoing vessel of 2020 is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior tonight at approximately 8 p.m. Federal Churchill, a 656-foot ice-class bulk carrier owned by Montréal-based Fednav, will earn the First Ship distinction, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the…

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Officers Elected At Duluth Seaway Port Authority Annual Meeting

April 7, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — During its annual meeting held March 25, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners elected officers for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020. The board re-elected Rick Revoir to serve his second year as president. Other appointments included Tony Sertich as vice president, Patrick Boyle as secretary, Norm Voorhees as…

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Worth A Thousand Words

April 7, 2020

Port director shares passion with award-winning photographs.     Paul LaMarre III knows that a picture really is worth a thousand words. The director of the Port of Monroe has a passion for the freighters, tugboats and barges that traverse the unforgiving waters of the Great Lakes. It’s a love that he inherited from his…

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Remainder Of Duluth’s Great Lakes Fleet Crewing Up To Start

April 6, 2020

Led by the Arthur M. Anderson, the rest of the Duluth-based fleet of lake freighters will come out of winter layup in the coming days — and enter into an uncertain time.     Close observers of Great Lakes shipping have noticed that not all of the Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet have been in action since…

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Ports of Indiana Celebrates 5th Annual ‘Ports Day’ on April 5

April 1, 2020

2020 Event Recognizes Value of Western Hemisphere Ports to COVID-19 Response INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2020) – Ports of Indiana will join the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in celebrating the fifth annual “Western Hemisphere Ports Day” again this year on April 5. Typically slated to commemorate the maritime industry’s role in job creation and…

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2019 Photo Contest Winners

March 26, 2020

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the winners of their second annual photo contest. This announcement also marks the beginning of the organization’s third annual photo contest in tandem with the opening of the Soo Locks on March 25, 2020 and the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020. Each year, to celebrate the…

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Soo Locks Shipping Season Officially Begins

March 25, 2020

The Soo Locks are open for business! Wednesday is the first day of the shipping season on the St. Marys River. At one minute past midnight, the H. Lee White entered the Poe Lock on its way to Duluth. The Lee is the first of many freighters that will make opening day a busy one. Several…

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U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Begins The 2020 Sailing Season Amid The Challenges Of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 24, 2020) – The first U.S.-flag commercial vessel, known as “lakers,” will transit the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday, March 25, signaling the start of the 2020 sailing season. They carry the materials that drive the U.S. economy: iron ore for steel, stone and cement…

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Shipping Season Gets Underway In The Twin Ports

March 23, 2020

  DULUTH, MN — The Great Lakes Shipping season is getting off to a start, at least here in the Twin Ports. The Honorable James Oberstar passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 10 p.m. Monday making it the first laker to leave the Duluth harbor this season. It was destined for Two Harbors.  …

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority Awarded $10.5 Million MARAD Grant

March 20, 2020

Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber announced that the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration allocated a $10.5 million grant to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. This Port Infrastructure Development Program grant will help fund construction of a 56,000-square-foot, rail-served warehouse at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, along with rehabilitation of 1,775 lineal feet of deteriorating dock…

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Soo Locks Opening As Scheduled

March 20, 2020

The mandated March 25 opening of the Soo Locks is expected to go off as planned at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, but the usual small crowd of dedicated boatnerds will not be able to watch from the viewing stand. The park grounds at the Soo Locks has been closed for now, including the visitor center there.…

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Port City Review: These 20 Seaport Communities Help Drive The U.S. Economy

March 19, 2020

  Ports are “crucial to the economy,” Texas economist Ray Perryman wrote in 2017. “Ports generate substantial business activity through their operations, but those benefits are dwarfed by the huge importance of water transportation to other industries.” In this survey of 20 U.S. port cities, we look at various engines of economic development and see how they…

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Wisconsin Governor Announces Harbor Assistance Program Grants

March 18, 2020

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers last month announced two grants under the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Harbor Assistance Program. One, worth $29 million, is for improvements needed at the Port of Marinette to allow for the production of the next generation of Navy ships. The other, worth $4.9 million, will support the construction of a new…

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Winter Work On The Great Lakes

March 16, 2020

  Along the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen. The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet…

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