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BREAKBULK SHIPPING: Breakbulk Breaks the Mold

October 8, 2019

In the cargo shipping world, there’s the bulk sector, the container segment, and then, there is “everything else.” When it comes to ‘everything else,’ breakbulk is the cargo that resides in between, comprising much of that remainder, including forest products (lumber, baled pulp) and steel. Breakbulk may, at times, share space on multipurpose vessels that…

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Indiana Dunes Tourism considers bringing cruise ships to port in Burns Harbor: ‘The number of cruise ships on the Great Lakes is increasing’

September 29, 2019

Stephen Burnett likens the process of bringing cruise ships to dock at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to birthing an elephant. The process takes 18 to 36 months and includes creating a “shopping list” of things for visitors to see during excursions once they get off the ship, Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, said.…

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IMA president supports critical investment in the Soo Locks

September 27, 2019

Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, last week discussed the importance of the Sault St. Marie Soo Locks for America’s iron mining and steelmaking industries. Johnson spoke alongside Congressman Pete Stauber, Congressman Jack Bergman, Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Julie Pierce, vice president of strategy…

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Wind Energy Lifts Great Lakes Shipping in August

September 26, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in both traditional and project cargo for the month of August. Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period from March 22, 2019 through August 31, 2019 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway saw year-over-year (YOY) increases…

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House committee boosts Great Lakes funding

September 20, 2019

A key U.S. House committee on Thursday voted to increase federal funding for Great Lakes cleanup and restoration in coming years. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 which increases funding from $300 million to $475 million per year over the next five years. The bill, if…

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U.S. Great Lakes ports report busy August

September 17, 2019

U.S. Great Lakes ports reported a busy August shipping construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components. Despite these areas of strength, cargo volumes via the bi-national St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to August 31) at 20.9 million metric tons were down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2018. “Great Lakes…

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Great Lakes Shipments up in July

September 9, 2019

Cargo shipments on the Great Lakes continued to increase in July. U.S.-flag ships moved a total of 11.4 million tons of cargo in July, up 16.4% compared to last year and 10.2% above the month’s five-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents 13 U.S. companies and their 46 ships. Each full month…

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Big Changes on Horizon for Soo Locks

September 5, 2019

DULUTH, MN – “The impact of the Soo Locks is felt nationwide,” Congressman, Pete Stauber says. That statement was the theme of today’s press conference where future improvement plans for the locks were announced. It’s not unusual for more than seventy thousand tons of iron ore to be carried on a vessel using the locks.…

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Fednav Celebrates its Anniversary with a Special Name

September 4, 2019

At the Oshima Shipyard in Japan, Fednav Limited took delivery today of the Federal Montreal, its newest Great Lakes-suitable handysize vessel. The ceremony was attended by senior management from both Fednav and the shipyard. The Federal Montreal is a 34,500 DWT international ice-class bulk carrier, flagged in the Marshall Islands. Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great…

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Port of Oswego Earns 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

September 3, 2019

The Port of Oswego was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, recognizing an incredible forty-two percent increase in overall international cargo tonnage. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered…

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Port of Oswego Container Service gains national designation

August 29, 2019

The Port of Oswego Container Service has been designated a Marine Highway Project/Marine Highway Route by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. A total of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route were designated in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable…

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Ogdensburg sees big numbers at airport and on seaway

August 29, 2019

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) – United Express flights at Ogdensburg International Airport are not just taking off – they’re soaring. The airline handled over 3,000 passengers in just its third month of operations there. “We’re seeing a great uptick in the numbers…and the numbers just keep rising,” said Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority executive…

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Port Extension Opens up Possibilities in Ogdensburg

August 27, 2019

The planned deepening and extension of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s docking facilities means that the port will be able to handle a wider array of cargo simultaneously. On Friday, the authority announced that $18 million would be awarded from New York state for the extension of the port’s facilities. The $18 million is…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to invest $20 million over next four years

August 27, 2019

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plans to invest nearly $20 million over the next four years in a major expansion that will boost its cargo handling capacity. Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Director Ian Hirt told a business crowd at a Northwest Indiana Forum luncheon at Avalon Manor in Hobart Thursday that the port was pursuing…

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US Maritime Administration Grants Port of Oswego Authority a Marine Highway Project Designation

August 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration August 9 announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods. “The…

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