Lake Carriers’ Association

Great Lakes Shipping Routes Evolve Digitally

February 11, 2020

113 years ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association developed the world’s first Traffic Separation Scheme. Today, those recommended shipping routes have evolved to meet the demands of electronic navigation and continue to provide routes for safe navigation of some of the largest cargo vessels on the planet. Recognizing a need to keep the growing maritime trade…

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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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Life just got easier for a lock named “Soo”

January 9, 2020

Funding for the New Navigation Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Takes Giant Step Forward: “We can now definitively say that there will be a new Soo Lock,” says Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. With the expected passage of the 2020 spending bills a vital national infrastructure project, the new navigational lock in…

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Congress and President Agree on Need for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

December 21, 2019

The 2020 Federal Appropriations Bills, which the President is expected to sign today, include vital language directing the U.S. Coast Guard to stand up a major acquisition program office to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds Congress and President Trump on this significant, formal step for the acquisition of…

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Great Lakes Shipments up in July

September 9, 2019

Cargo shipments on the Great Lakes continued to increase in July. U.S.-flag ships moved a total of 11.4 million tons of cargo in July, up 16.4% compared to last year and 10.2% above the month’s five-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents 13 U.S. companies and their 46 ships. Each full month…

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Construction Starts on the First Us-Built Laker for 35 Years

August 26, 2019

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event this week, celebrating the historic start of construction on the first US-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for US Great Lakes service built on…

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Overall Shipments on the Great Lakes Were up in June

August 14, 2019

U.S.-flag ships moved a total of 9.9 million tons of cargo in June, up 2.3% compared to last year and “a near mirror image” of the month’s five-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents 13 U.S. companies and their 46 ships. June 2019 iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 5.1 million…

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National Maritime Day celebrated in Duluth

May 29, 2019

The Twin Ports maritime industry celebrated National Maritime Day Wednesday with a lunchtime event at the Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth. Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association was the keynote speaker. The date of May 22 was chosen for an annual maritime celebration to mark the date of…

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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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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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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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Business of Shipping: Soo Locks’ Long-Awaited Upgrade

February 6, 2019

After 30-years, the long wait finally is over. In a move that largely flew under the industry’s radar, Washington recently committed to help fund the expansion/renovation of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a vital link in the nation’s supply chain. The original push for this Soo Locks upgrade dates back to 1986. The Water Resources…

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