Lake Carriers’ Association

Lake Carriers’ Association: 25 Years of Leadership Protecting the Economy, Environment and Quality of Life in the Great Lakes Region

May 25, 2018

Association Pioneered the First Voluntary Ballast Water Management Plan in North America When Ruffe Appeared CLEVELAND, May 17, 2018 – The Lake Carriers Association (LCA) has long recognized the threat non-native species represent to the Great Lakes and has been a leader in working on solutions for decades. This year marks the 25th anniversary of…

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Good Seamanship is the Key To a Safe Boating Season on the Great Lakes

May 25, 2018

                        CLEVELAND – The Great Lakes are one of America’s busiest waterways. Each year U.S., Canadian and vessels from throughout the world move upwards of 160 million tons of cargos that drive the North American economy. The largest vessels, the U.S.-flag 1,000-footers, are almost…

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Lake Carriers’ Association

May 22, 2018

About American Anchor There is no one hero in the story of the Great Lakes. The economic prosperity of the region is due to the efficient and symbiotic connection of The Saint Lawrence Seaway, Great Lakes ports, foreign and domestic vessels, manufacturers, companies, the employees that work there, and their relationship to their local communities.…

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

March 29, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of…

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US Coast Guard Cutters Clear Ice Around Soo Locks in Preparation for Opening

March 27, 2018

There’s a lot of work to be done on the water before the Soo Locks are expected to open. We joined the Coast Guard Wednesday as they began breaking up ice along the Saint Marys River. The locks are set to open Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard cutters, along with help from their Canadian counterparts are…

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Opening of the 2018 Navigation Season and Maximum Allowable Drafts

March 1, 2018

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…

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The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2018 Sailing Season

February 28, 2018

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS – The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River. A workhorse…

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Nearly 11 Percent in 2017

January 29, 2018

Best Year Since 2012 CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 60.3 million tons in 2017, an increase of 10.9 percent over 2016 and the highest total recorded since 2012. The 2017 ore float also bettered the trade’s 5-year average by 4.6 percent. Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 55.75 million tons,…

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up More Than 6 Percent in 2017

January 10, 2018

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28 million tons in 2017, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to 2016. 2017’s loadings were also 2.1 percent above the trade’s 5-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 23.2 million tons, an increase of 8.4 percent compared to 2016. Shipments from U.S. quarries also…

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Million Tune-Up This Winter

January 9, 2018

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend $65 million maintaining and modernizing their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter. When complete, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce come the spring break-out in March. “Winter is the one opportunity our members have to renew and upgrade their vessels,”…

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

January 4, 2018

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…

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Lakes Limestone Trade Up Almost 19 Percent in November

December 13, 2017

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…

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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in November

December 12, 2017

CLEVELAND – Frequent weather delays hampered the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes in November. Shipments totaled 5.7 million tons, an increase of just 60,000 tons compared to a year ago. Loadings did fare better when compared to the month’s 5-year average, increasing by 260,000 tons, or 4.8 percent. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled…

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Port Unloads 5,000 Tons of Steel

December 6, 2017

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…

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Partner Spotlight – American Steamship Company

November 29, 2017

Founded in Buffalo, New York in 1907, American Steamship Company (ASC) has a rich history and even brighter future. Operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during the navigation season, ASC vessels require no onshore assistance to unload cargo and have the capability to unload at impressive speeds – 7,000 to 10,000 net tons…

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