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Opening of the 2018 Navigation Season and Maximum Allowable Drafts

The opening of the 2018 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: • Welland Canal: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) • Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in […]

- March 1, 2018 Read More

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

  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 […]

- February 22, 2018 Read More

Ports of Indiana: Building on Success

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 […]

- February 22, 2018 Read More

2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Opportunity Announced

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 […]

- February 20, 2018 Read More

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority – More Than A Port

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

- February 20, 2018 Read More

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

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 […]

- February 16, 2018 Read More

Manufacturer Sees Growth in Great Lakes Shipping

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 […]

- February 14, 2018 Read More

Tonnage Down, Cargo Diversity Up, At Port of Monroe

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 […]

- February 13, 2018 Read More

2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference Recap

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 […]

- February 12, 2018 Read More

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

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 […]

- February 12, 2018 Read More

Waterways Conference to Evaluate Great Lakes Development, Success

The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is this week in downtown Cleveland.  Sessions over the two-day meeting will focus on autonomous technology, government partnerships, and Great Lakes developments. New plant in Toledo will increase shipping for city’s port Cleveland Cliffs, an iron ore manufacturer, is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes.  It produces hot […]

- February 5, 2018 Read More

After Robust 2017, Port Authority Anxiously Awaits U.S. Decision on Tariffs

After strong cargo growth in 2017, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s high hopes for 2018 could sink if the Trump administration decides to put a tariff on imported steel. “There certainly are some scenarios that could be bad for us. There is just no way around it,” said Will Friedman, the port’s president and CEO. “We’re still […]

- January 31, 2018 Read More

U.S.-Flag Shipping on the Great Lakes Up Slightly in November

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 8.5 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 1.3 percent, or 114,000 tons, compared to a year ago. November’s shipments were, however, slightly behind the month’s long-term average. Iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 4.2 million tons, a decrease of nearly 10 percent compared to a year […]

- January 4, 2018 Read More

Lakes Limestone Trade Up Almost 19 Percent in November

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.95 million tons in November, an increase of 18.8 percent compared to a year ago. November’s loadings were also 6.4 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.5 million tons, an increase of 21.2 percent compared to a year ago. It should […]

- December 13, 2017 Read More

Port Unloads 5,000 Tons of Steel

About 5,000 tons of steel were unloaded at Port Milwaukee’s Terminal Two Monday afternoon. News media were invited to the port to see the rolled bundles of steel being moved from the ship, the Federal Champlain, to the warehouse nearby. Port Milwaukee Spokesperson Jeff Fleming said the steel will then be shipped via truck or […]

- December 6, 2017 Read More