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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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Senator Rob Portman Named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

August 8, 2019

TOLEDO, OH – Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect our Waters and Grow our Regional Economy

July 17, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers gathered today for their 2019 Leadership Summit. The Governors and Premiers announced a series of actions on water, transportation, impact investing, and tourism. “The waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River unite our states and provinces,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Chair…

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St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened in 1959

July 17, 2019

On June 26, 1959, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the St. Lawrence Seaway. After addressing the crowd, Elizabeth and “Ike” boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia, which then made a ceremonial trip through the St. Lambert and Cote Ste. Catherine Locks. The complex series of locks, canals, and waterways provided…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority ranks high in Green Marine

July 17, 2019

The Duluth port sees all sorts of ships passing in and out of the harbor. Often times, these ships are carrying massive, industrial loads of equipment or commodities; things you’d expect to leave a measurable trail of waste. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is aiming to ensure the harbor stays green. The Port Authority runs…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority ranks high in Green Marine

July 17, 2019

The Duluth port sees all sorts of ships passing in and out of the harbor. Often times, these ships are carrying massive, industrial loads of equipment or commodities; things you’d expect to leave a measurable trail of waste. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is aiming to ensure the harbor stays green. The Port Authority runs…

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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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