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Hands-Free Mooring For St. Lawrence and Great Lakes

March 27, 2018

In what is being hailed as the greatest positive development for St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes-shipping in more than a half-century, a soon-to-be-completed hands-free mooring program will open access to 10 times as many vessels while delivering impressive time, money and safety benefits. From port executives and Seaway marketers to carrier operations managers and…

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Lake Superior Opens for Business: Tug-Barge Sets Off to Start Shipping Season

March 27, 2018

The shipping campaign sailed into action on Tuesday and, no, the first vessel didn’t get stuck in the ice. The barge-tug combo Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort made it under the Aerial Lift Bridge and through the canal at about noon, only to seem to be held up on Lake Superior for several hours off 21st…

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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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Potential for a Large Cruise Ship on the Upper Great Lakes

March 8, 2018

While the ocean going cruise ship industry has undergone spectacular growth in recent years, the inland waterway cruise industry has undergone steady but less spectacular growth. The cruise vessels that sail the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes are comparatively small compared to ocean going cruise ships. However, there are prospects to develop a much…

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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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Major New Investments on the Great Lakes – Cleveland Cliffs HBI Plant

February 22, 2018

  Major new investments are on the horizon at Great Lakes ports, including a new hot briquetted iron (HBI) plant which will be located in Toledo – the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. The $700-million plant, led by Cleveland Cliffs, a major supplier of iron ore in North America, will be the sole…

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Ports of Indiana: Building on Success

February 22, 2018

The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority, established in 1963, which operates three ports: two on the Ohio River, one on Lake Michigan. Port officials refer to the three as “America’s Premier Inland Port System.” They cite location, location, location, providing access via two critical freight arteries – the Great Lakes and the…

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2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Opportunity Announced

February 20, 2018

The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Grants solicitation is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to habitat restoration projects that both meet NOAA’s mission to restore coastal habitats and support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) goal to protect and restore habitats, in…

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority – More Than A Port

February 20, 2018

  Did you know the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is More than a Port?

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A Ship Without a Captain: Michigan Working to Bring Autonomous Vessels to Great Lakes

February 16, 2018

Autonomous vehicles are making their way towards the highways and streets of America, and between the automakers and the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, Michigan is playing a big role in developing the technology for autonomous vehicles. Since Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, what about autonomous vessels on the lakes? Michael Beaulac of…

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Manufacturer Sees Growth in Great Lakes Shipping

February 14, 2018

Construction will soon begin on a new iron plant in Toledo.  The Port Authority there says it’s a big step in the right direction for Great Lakes shipping. Cleveland Cliffs – an iron ore manufacturer — is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes. It produces hot briquetted iron, using new technology. The…

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Tonnage Down, Cargo Diversity Up, At Port of Monroe

February 13, 2018

DTE Energy’s shift to transporting more coal by rail is among contributing factors for 2017′s shipping statistics. On its surface, it might appear to the untrained eye the Port of Monroe had a down year in 2017. Port Director Paul C. LaMarre III said while the annual cargo tonnage is down, it is not the…

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2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference Recap

February 12, 2018

More than 200 leaders, experts and influencers from across the maritime industry gathered together for the 2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference on Feb 6 and 7 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The bi-national annual meeting between the US and Canada focused on topics including autonomous technology, government partnerships, wind energy and…

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Shipping on the Great Lakes-Seaway – Efficient. Green. Sustainable.

February 12, 2018

Shipping goes big on the five Great Lakes, their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River – forming one of the longest deep draft navigation systems in the world. For more than 200 years, this bi-national waterway has served as a critical foundation for the region’s economy. When it comes to waterborne transportation, efficiency is…

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Waterways Conference to Evaluate Great Lakes Development, Success

February 5, 2018

The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is this week in downtown Cleveland.  Sessions over the two-day meeting will focus on autonomous technology, government partnerships, and Great Lakes developments. New plant in Toledo will increase shipping for city’s port Cleveland Cliffs, an iron ore manufacturer, is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes.  It produces hot…

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