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Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes Roll through Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for First Time in History

July 15, 2019

PORTAGE, Ind. – For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago. Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $19 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic…

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Is Duluth the Most Inland Seaport in North America?

July 3, 2019

These days, it takes about a week for a ship to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, a 2,342-mile journey winding through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes to the western tip of Lake Superior. The Port of Duluth-Superior serves as a transportation epicenter, connecting railroads and interstates with the marine “highway” used…

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Curran stockpiling 10,000 tons of wood pellets in Ogdensburg for overseas shipment

July 3, 2019

Curran Renewable Energy of Massena is stockpiling 10,000 metric tons of wood pellets at the Port of Ogdensburg for an overseas shipment in late July. The pellets will be shipped to Denmark for burning in a biomass plant there, according to a press release from the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. Read the full story…

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See the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior through the years

July 3, 2019

Dec. 1, 1981: No, the Jablanica, an ocean freighter from Yugoslavia, isn’t sinking at the Duluth Port Terminal. Holds on the ship’s starboard side were flooded so workers could make routine repairs on the port side, said officials at Guthrie-Hubner Inc. “It’s nothing to get excited about,” said company vice president William Baker. Sunrise over…

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Port of Muskegon Receives First Seaway Pacesetter Award

June 26, 2019

Port of Muskegon accepted their first Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. In conjunction with Port Milwaukee visiting the Port of Muskegon, Rebecca Yackley, International Trade Specialist at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), presented the award to Chuck Canestraight, President of Port City Marine Services, a Sand Products…

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Wisconsin Sees Growing Interest In Wind Production

June 24, 2019

Wisconsin and the nation are seeing increased interest around wind energy. The declining cost of wind production and utilities that are pledging to reduce carbon emissions are playing a role in wind developments. In the Twin Ports, wind turbine shipments are expected to be up after a lull last year, according to Jayson Hron with the…

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Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I Launches Great Lakes Season

June 24, 2019

Ten thousand years ago, when the Ice Age’s glaciers retreated, the result was the Great Lakes – five massive lakes along today’s U.S.-Canadian border region. Collectively, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie comprise the Earth’s largest body of fresh water. What’s the appeal of a Great Lakes cruise? John Waggoner, president and CEO, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and the recently acquired and relaunched Victory Cruise Lines, puts it this…

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Funding for Soo Locks included in new legislation

June 21, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers. The money will go towards building a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. President Trump made the request when he released his annual budget proposal in March. The funding is included in larger…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation workers were honored by the U.S. Department of Transportation at an event in Massena recently.

June 21, 2019

  Members of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) workforce in Massena were recognized Tuesday, May 14 by SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. Corporation employees who have exemplified the organization’s core values of service, leadership, stewardship, dependability and commitment were honored during an awards ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock Visitors’ Center. Read…

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Duluth’s new boat helps fight fires from Lake Superior

June 19, 2019

Duluth vessel equipped for fire, medical, environmental response   The distress calls coming from the world’s largest freshwater lake in dense fog or the cover of night can be tricky for Duluth-based rescuers who are compelled to respond. But now, with a new night-vision fire and rescue boat equipped to handle the big waves on…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Port Infrastructure Development Program

June 19, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $292.7 Million Notice of Funding Opportunity   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. “This major investment in the Port Infrastructure Development Program will…

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Ghanbari appointed to Great Lakes Commission, Great Lakes Basin Compact

June 17, 2019

Ohio Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, was appointed Friday by Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, to serve on the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Basin Compact. “I am honored by the special faith and confidence Speaker Householder has placed in me through this vitally important appointment,” Ghanbari said. “Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, and House…

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National Maritime Day celebrated in Duluth

June 17, 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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Ports of Indiana Receives Green Marine Environmental Certification for All Ports, the First Network on Inland Waterway System

June 17, 2019

  The Ports of Indiana has received the coveted Green Marine certification for all three of its port locations for its commitment to advance environmental sustainability initiatives. It is the first state-wide port authority to achieve such distinction. Green Marine is a voluntary initiative to improve environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance in key areas such…

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