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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Port of Rochester this summer

May 17, 2019

Dredging will begin in the coming weeks in the Port of Rochester and surrounding harbor. The Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it awarded a $1.5 million contract to a Michigan-based company to dredge in the federal navigation channel and harbor areas of the harbor. Work is slated to begin…

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LaMarre Named to Federal Maritime Panel

May 17, 2019

    Port of Monroe Director Paul C. LaMarre III has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee.   The two-year appointment was made by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last month. The panel provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the U. S. maritime transportation and…

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Icebreaker inches towards construction

May 17, 2019

  The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) has reached an agreement with the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in relation to the 21MW Icebreaker offshore wind project. LEEDCo says that having reached an agreement with staff, the next step is to seek approval from the Siting Board and the company is…

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Cruising to Cleveland? Yes, it’s a thing

May 17, 2019

  More ships are scheduling stops in Ohio   There will be handful of cruise ships sailing into Cleveland this summer. Yes, Cleveland. Wednesday marked the arrival of the Victory I, which is a part of Victory Cruise Lines. Volunteers from Destination Cleveland welcomed passengers, who rode on Lolly the Trolley and toured the Rock…

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Technology, Data, Tariffs: The most prominent topics of the 2019 Great Lakes Economic Forum

May 14, 2019

How shipping, technology, tourism and security play into the economic outlook of the Great Lakes region was the focus of the recent Council of the Great Lakes Region’s fifth annual forum in Cleveland. Held May 6-8, more than 100 people attended, and heard from experts on a variety of subjects, who shared their knowledge in…

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House Passes Great Lakes Appreciation Day

May 14, 2019

The Minnesota House passed a resolution authored by Representative Jennifer Schultz of Duluth declaring September 7, 2019 as “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day” in the state of Minnesota. The resolution calls on all Minnesotans to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River to the economy and the environment of Minnesota.…

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May marks first saltie arrival in Duluth 60 years ago

May 14, 2019

Sixty years ago on May 3, the first foreign shipped arrived under Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge.   A crowd of more than 3,000 people gathered to cheer the arrival of the 475-foot “Ramon de Larrinaga” which stopped at a Duluth grain elevator to load oats.   The saltie’s journey from England was made possible by…

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US BRIG NIAGARA Sets Sail for Season

May 14, 2019

  Erie’s iconic flagship has its first shakedown training sail Saturday in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. You can bet U.S. BRIG NIAGARA Capt. Christopher Cusson and his crew will take an occasional timeout from their duties on Saturday during the vessel’s first shakedown training sail. They will make it a point to notice…

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US Coast Guard’s Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

May 14, 2019

Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record for the ship. The schedule included working 17 buoys, which would break the ship’s previous record of 14.…

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First New Great Lakes Freighter in 36 Years to be Built Near Lake Michigan

May 14, 2019

    A new 639-foot freighter is being built over the next three years at a sprawling shipyard at the edge of Lake Michigan. Constructed for Interlake Steamship Company, the new self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first U.S. flagged freighter being built for the Great Lakes since 1983, the company announced this…

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Cruising the Great Lakes: More ships, more passengers, more stops in Cleveland

May 13, 2019

  To people who grew up near the Great Lakes, these bodies of water are no big deal. But to the rest of the world, they are extraordinary spaces that invite exploration, says Chris Conlin, president of Great Lakes Cruise Co., a Michigan travel agency that specializes in lake cruises. Great Lakes cruising has experienced a…

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Aquatarium to Celebrate the Seaway

May 13, 2019

  When it opened in 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway was one of the greatest engineering feats of its time. Sixty years later, the Aquatarium is using 21st century technology to tell the story of the Seaway to today’s visitors. The facility billed as Brockville’s signature tourist attraction includes as its many features the “Pilot House,” a…

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Former Ports of Indiana CEO awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

May 10, 2019

  The Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., (IRPT) has presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Rich Cooper, former CEO of the Ports of Indiana. IRPT, of which the Ports of Indiana is a long-time member, is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. It promotes the use of…

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Shipping News – Great Lakes Now

May 10, 2019
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Maritime Trade Off to Strong Start

May 10, 2019

  Kate Ferguson, director of trade and business development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, counted the port blessing from last year and this season during the annual Blessing of the Port ceremony, hosted Thursday by the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers in the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Noting how the 2019 season is…

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