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Great Lakes limestone shipments increase in January 2019

April 16, 2019

The Lake Carriers’ Association reports that U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 3.1 million tons of cargo in January 2019, an increase of 110 percent compared to a year ago. The January float was also 44 percent above the month’s five-year average.     The limestone trade totaled 195,594 tons in January 2019, an increase of 100…

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The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Partner to Build First Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly Four Decades

April 11, 2019

STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, April 9, 2019: A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S.…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Port Milwaukee Expects Another Strong Year for International Cargo as Shipping Season Begins

April 1, 2019

  The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but already two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship FEDERAL BARENTS and the Polsteam vessel IRMA are in the North Atlantic now with port calls scheduled in North America, including Milwaukee. The locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section…

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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Announces Photo Contest Winners

April 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2019) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the winners of their 1st annual photo contest. To help celebrate Great Lakes Shipping and the Saint Lawrence Seaway’s 60th navigation season, The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership invited fans to submit their best photos of ships, tugboats and barges across the Great…

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Great Lakes ports forecast strong shipping season

March 29, 2019

By: Joseph S. Pete, The Times Great Lakes ports are forecasting a “stellar” shipping season after the St. Lawrence Seaway reopened on Tuesday, allowing hulking international cargo ships known as salties to pass through to Midwestern ports including the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. While cargoes were slightly down in Burns Harbor, many other ports saw…

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Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days

March 27, 2019

Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days: Two Ships Now Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Are Headed Here   The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but, already, two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship Federal Barents and the Polsteam vessel Irma are in the North…

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2019 Shipping Season Opens at St. Lawrence Seaway

March 27, 2019

    As the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened for business yesterday (March 26), U.S. Great Lakes ports are predicting the shipping season will mirror last year’s stellar performance. In 2018, many U.S. Great Lakes ports recorded their highest cargo totals in recent years, with strong volumes of iron ore, petroleum products, construction products and…

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Soo Locks’ first ship of 2019 is Great Lakes’ first 1,000-foot freighter

March 27, 2019

  03/25/2019 By: Tanda Gmiter SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks. The Stewart J. Cort arrived at the lock system just…

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Crews at Soo Locks prepare for new shipping season

March 22, 2019

By: Roxanne Werly Tuesday, March 19th 2019 CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — With the start of the new Great Lakes shipping season next week, crews at the Soo Locks are getting ready. The Soo Locks closed for the winter on January 15. During the ten-week closure, critical maintenance was performed on the structures. A major…

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Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season

March 21, 2019

SLSDC 01-19 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Contact:  Nancy Alcalde Tel.:  (202) 366-0091   Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season   WASHINGTON – In order to prepare for the 2019 shipping season, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has dedicated the winter shutdown season to investing in critical capital investment projects at…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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‘Rebirth’ of Port of Monroe related at Chamber event

March 20, 2019

“The golden years of this industry is where we want to be again,” Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, told the audience. Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, promotes the recent burst of activity at the Port of Monroe as a “rebirth” — and he was happy…

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New Soo Lock Could Bring Mega Boom to Area Economy

March 20, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – More than 1,000 high quality jobs could be shipping into Sault Ste. Marie with plans of a new Soo Lock coming closer and closer to fruition. Upwards of $32 million has been secured for the 2019 fiscal year to help design and start initial construction of the project, and with…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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