Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Springtime Icebreaking Ritual Begins Again In Duluth

March 11, 2020

  Springtime in Duluth is signaled by the return of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder, which began its annual icebreaking activities, dubbed “Operation Taconite,” Tuesday morning in the Duluth-Superior harbor. Every March the Alder helps clear channels through the ice for the upcoming shipping season, so that 1,000-foot long ships loaded with taconite, coal,…

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State Awards $4.9M Grant To Support Agricultural Transload Facility At Port Milwaukee

March 10, 2020

Governor Tony Evers announced a $4.9 million Harbor Assistance Program grant on February 24 to support the construction of a new agricultural commodity bulk vessel transload facility at Port Milwaukee. The $31.3 million facility, the first of its kind on the Great Lakes, is being constructed at the port by the DeLong Company. The transload…

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Great Lakes Ports Work On Building Cargo Diversity

March 9, 2020

Project cargo’s growing diversification role Throughout the vast Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system in the United States and Canada, most ports seek to diversify their customer base by developing new business beyond traditional bulk markets. Front and center in their efforts are project cargoes, especially wind energy components destined to meet the rising demands of…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Receives 2019 South Shore Clean Cities Sustainability Leadership Award

March 6, 2020

At its annual conference and expo, South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) presented Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award for showing extraordinary leadership in making strides to the sustainable transportation and/or energy sectors. “We are extremely honored to receive this award from a community partner that works to facilitate clean technology in the…

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Great Lakes Ports Storm Capitol Hill

March 6, 2020

  American Great Lakes Ports Association in solidarity. On March 4th & 5th, members of the American Great Lakes Ports Association fanned out across Capitol Hill in the association’s first Washington fly-in. Meetings included elected officials in both the House and Senate, Congressional committee staff, maritime agency leaders, and the Great Lakes governors’ representatives in…

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Muskegon Cruise Ship Stops To Double, With Some Days Two In Port At Once

March 5, 2020

Cruise ships will stop in Muskegon 35 times in 2020 from May to October. MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Three cruise ship operators have finalized 2020 itineraries for cruises on the Great Lakes, resulting in 35 stops in the port city of Muskegon. That’s twice as many stops as in 2019. In 2021 the number of…

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Peters Discusses Michigan Security Priorities with Homeland Security Secretary

March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss Michigan’s top homeland security needs. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: “As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I’m working to…

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Cruisin’ Milwaukee

March 2, 2020

City Rides Rising Tide of Great Lakes Tourism Source: BizTimes Milwaukee Business News When the first cruise ship of the season pulls into Port Milwaukee in mid-June, Adam Schlicht will be waiting ashore to personally greet each passenger who disembarks. Since taking over as port director in August 2018, Schlicht has made it a point…

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Minnesota Briefs: Explore Minnesota Announces Tourism Award Winners

February 29, 2020

Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the winners of its annual awards last week. Marianna Khauv was named outstanding individual in tourism. Khauv, owner of Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites in Monticello, has served in many tourism leadership roles in the state and in her community. Kjersti Vick was named the state…

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Expanding the Ports of Indiana Commission

February 27, 2020

Governor Holcomb Appoints Micah Vincent and David Fagan to Ports of Indiana Commission Source: AJOT Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has appointed Micah Vincent and David Fagan to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Vincent serves as Vice President of Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group. Fagan is the financial secretary of the International Union…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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Coal Shipping In Twin Ports Drops To Lowest Level In Decades While Wind Cargo Surges

February 12, 2020

A record amount of cargo containing components used for generating wind power moved through the Twin Ports during the 2019 shipping season. The surge in wind traffic comes as Duluth-Superior handled the lowest amount of coal in more than three decades. Around 8 million tons of coal moved through the Twin Ports last year, marking the lowest…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million grant

February 12, 2020

Funding will be used to build an additional warehouse and rehabilitate deteriorating dock walls at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Rice’s Point. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority was the recipient of a $10.5 million grant on Tuesday — federal money that will be used to construct a 56,000-square-foot warehouse at the Clure Public Marine…

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New Great Lakes cruise ship to skip Erie, for now

February 12, 2020

World-renowned cruise line could make its way to Erie Just imagine traveling the Great Lakes by water with a world-renowned cruise line. That chance could soon be offered by Viking Cruises. So far there is not a plan for the ship to port in Erie, but Brenda Sandberg of the Erie Port Authority says it…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million MARAD grant for warehouse expansion, dock wall rehab

February 11, 2020

Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that the United States 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…

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