Lake Carriers’ Association

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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Tune-up time for US-flag Great Lakes fleet

February 4, 2019

Lakers are undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and upgrades (CLEVELAND) — After moving nearly 84 million tons of cargo in 2018, U.S.-flag lakers are now undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and modernization at Great Lakes shipyards. The work ranges from engine overhauls to installation of state-of-the-art radars and other navigation equipment.…

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Growth in American Manufacturing & Construction Accelerates in Q4 2018, Fueled by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

December 19, 2018

Washington, DC (December 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through November of 36 million metric tons, a five percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were up by six percent over the same time in…

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Accepts ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Behalf of Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, Declares December 12, 2018 ‘Great Lakes Maritime Day’

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2018) – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb accepted the “Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award” today from the federal official leading the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Pacesetter Award is the SLSDC’s flagship award, presented to U.S. Great Lakes ports that have registered significant increases in shipments of international cargo tonnage…

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President Trump Puts Seal of Approval on Second Poe-sized Lock

December 12, 2018

Cleveland – President Trump yesterday signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, legislation that includes the Soo Lock Post-Authorization Change Report that authorizes construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to move forward. The President had pledged to “fix” the Soo Locks in April. James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’…

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New Soo Lock Receives $32 million

November 26, 2018

  DETROIT-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the New Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will receive $32,388,000 in the fiscal year 2019 work plan. The funds appropriated to the New Soo Lock project will be used to initiate deepening of the upstream approach channel. The funds are sufficient…

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Army Corps to being construction of new Soo Lock

November 21, 2018

The service allocates an initial $32 million for the project, which was first authorized in 1986 (CLEVELAND) — After more than three decades, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday said it will proceed with plans to build a new Soo Lock, one of the largest Great Lakes infrastructure projects in a generation. The…

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Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Tonnage Rises with Peak Season

November 19, 2018

Washington, DC (November 19, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports an increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through October of 30.5 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last year. Total vessel transits were also up by five percent over the same time…

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Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Hwy H20 Conference

October 23, 2018

The 14th Annual Hwy H2 O Conference will take place November 13–15, 2018 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel. This well-established event, as organized by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), and a binational conference committee of U.S. and Canadian delegations, is the only conference that…

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U.S. Agriculture & Domestic Steel Reinforced by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping

October 17, 2018

Best Month on Record for St. Lawrence Seaway System Traffic During 2018 Navigation Season Washington, DC (October 17, 2018) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reports overall gains for the St. Lawrence Seaway with year-to-date (YTD) total cargo shipments through September of 25.7 million metric tons, a four percent increase over the same timeframe last…

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August Shipping Remains Steady

September 19, 2018

U.S. ships on the Great Lakes carried 10 million tons of cargo last month, similar to August 2017’s totals and in line with the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos topped 5 million tons for the month of August, up 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to numbers released by the Lake Carriers’…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Sees Diverse Cargo in June

July 26, 2018

Varied Cargo keeps Shipping Atop an Ever-Changing Economic World Washington, DC (July 26, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of June. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 29, 2018 through June 30,2018 were 12.1 million metric tons, a decrease of just over…

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Lakes Limestone Trade Surges in June

July 25, 2018

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,052,994 tons in June, an increase of more than 17 percent compared to a year ago. This June also represented the first month in which loadings topped 4 million tons since July 2015. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.2 million tons, an increase of 16.2…

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in June

July 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.1 million tons in June , an increase of roughly one load in a 1,000-foot-long U.S.-flag freighter (laker). Shipments were, however, 8.7 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore shipments from U.S. ports through the Soo Locks totaled 5.6 million tons in…

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New Economic Impact Study Finds Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Supports More Than 237,000 Jobs and Billions in Economic Activity

July 19, 2018

U.S Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 www.transportation.gov/briefingroom News WASHINGTON – According to a new study, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports more than 237,000 jobs, 147,500 of which are located in the eight U.S. Great Lakes states. In addition, the study found that…

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