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Port Milwaukee Receives 13th Pacesetter Award

May 9, 2019

Port Milwaukee accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award on Wednesday from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook made the presentation during a luncheon ceremony at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference — an event that provides resources to help grow global trade in the State of Wisconsin. Over 25 years ago,…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Receives 2019 Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award

May 7, 2019

  The Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air (PCA) has selected the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to receive the 2019 PCA Industrial Award. This award is in recognition of the voluntary actions taken in 2018 to improve air quality in Northwest Indiana. PCA’s award system has four categories: Municipal, Industrial, Business, and Bicycle. According to…

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Port Report Highlights Importance of Industrial Jobs

April 29, 2019

     It may seem like we’re living in more and more of a digital age. People familiar with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority know how important industrial jobs are. But not everyone else does. “We undertook this study, in part, because large industry has become a forgotten part of Duluth’s economy,” explained Deb…

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Port Milwaukee launches collaboration to attract more cruise ships, and it’s working

April 29, 2019

Port Milwaukee anticipates more than 10 cruise ship visits to Milwaukee in 2019, a significant uptick in activity from years previous, Port Milwaukee executive director Adam Schlicht said. Cruise lines currently visiting Milwaukee include Rhode Island-based Blount Small Ship Adventures, Connecticut-based Pearl Seas Cruises and French cruise company Ponant. To sustain and increase cruise ship traffic in Milwaukee, Port Milwaukee…

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Port CEO expects $20 million Burns Harbor expansion to start this year

April 29, 2019

  Work is expected to begin this year on creating one of two new railyards at the Burns Harbor port, one segment of a $20 million expansion project there, the chief executive officer of the Ports of Indiana said Thursday. “It’s No. 1 on our to-do list. We’re close to going out for bids for…

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First Ship Arrives at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

April 29, 2019

  The first ocean-going ship of the season arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor last week, ushering in the international shipping season. The M/V Irma bulk carrier, a Cyprus-flagged vessel that can haul up to 21,387 tons of cargo, was unloaded by dock workers at the deepwater port on Lake Michigan in Portage and Burns…

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Icebreaker Wind Collaborating on Initiatives to Benefit Great Lakes

April 25, 2019

    The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), developer of the Icebreaker Wind project offshore Cleveland, has teamed up with the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan. The partners plan to work together on projects of mutual interest. This includes the sharing of scientific data, access to offshore…

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Peters Applauds Appointment of Monroe Port Director to Key Federal Maritime Transportation Committee

April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Department of Transportation’s decision to appoint Director of the Port of Monroe Paul LaMarre to the U.S. Marine and Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) for a term of two years. Last year, Peters supported LaMarre’s application, writing a letter to the Department of Transportation. “From his…

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Great Lakes limestone shipments increase in January 2019

April 16, 2019

The Lake Carriers’ Association reports that U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 3.1 million tons of cargo in January 2019, an increase of 110 percent compared to a year ago. The January float was also 44 percent above the month’s five-year average.     The limestone trade totaled 195,594 tons in January 2019, an increase of 100…

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The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes

April 15, 2019

  When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name. This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or…

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Weekend arrival likely for first saltie of 2019 shipping season

April 15, 2019

    The first saltie of the Twin Ports’ 2019 shipping season, the Maria G, is expected to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend. Preliminary plans call for the vessel to anchor off the Duluth Ship Canal late Saturday and then proceed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge sometime Sunday or early Monday. That’s…

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Bay Shipbuilding to build Great Lakes bulk carrier

April 9, 2019

  A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years. The Interlake Steamship Company recently awarded a contract to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a new River-class, self-unloading bulk carrier. It is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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Port Milwaukee Expects Another Strong Year for International Cargo as Shipping Season Begins

April 1, 2019

  The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but already two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship FEDERAL BARENTS and the Polsteam vessel IRMA are in the North Atlantic now with port calls scheduled in North America, including Milwaukee. The locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section…

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