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Cruisin’ Milwaukee

March 2, 2020

City Rides Rising Tide of Great Lakes Tourism Source: BizTimes Milwaukee Business News When the first cruise ship of the season pulls into Port Milwaukee in mid-June, Adam Schlicht will be waiting ashore to personally greet each passenger who disembarks. Since taking over as port director in August 2018, Schlicht has made it a point…

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Minnesota Briefs: Explore Minnesota Announces Tourism Award Winners

February 29, 2020

Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the winners of its annual awards last week. Marianna Khauv was named outstanding individual in tourism. Khauv, owner of Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites in Monticello, has served in many tourism leadership roles in the state and in her community. Kjersti Vick was named the state…

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Expanding the Ports of Indiana Commission

February 27, 2020

Governor Holcomb Appoints Micah Vincent and David Fagan to Ports of Indiana Commission Source: AJOT Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has appointed Micah Vincent and David Fagan to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Vincent serves as Vice President of Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group. Fagan is the financial secretary of the International Union…

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Coal Shipping In Twin Ports Drops To Lowest Level In Decades While Wind Cargo Surges

February 12, 2020

A record amount of cargo containing components used for generating wind power moved through the Twin Ports during the 2019 shipping season. The surge in wind traffic comes as Duluth-Superior handled the lowest amount of coal in more than three decades. Around 8 million tons of coal moved through the Twin Ports last year, marking the lowest…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million grant

February 12, 2020

Funding will be used to build an additional warehouse and rehabilitate deteriorating dock walls at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Rice’s Point. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority was the recipient of a $10.5 million grant on Tuesday — federal money that will be used to construct a 56,000-square-foot warehouse at the Clure Public Marine…

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New Great Lakes cruise ship to skip Erie, for now

February 12, 2020

World-renowned cruise line could make its way to Erie Just imagine traveling the Great Lakes by water with a world-renowned cruise line. That chance could soon be offered by Viking Cruises. So far there is not a plan for the ship to port in Erie, but Brenda Sandberg of the Erie Port Authority says it…

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Ships Going Through Duluth Carry Record Amount Of Wind Energy Supplies During 2019-2020 Season

February 11, 2020

Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third-highest throughput since 2015, according to a news release from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonnage gains. Eighty-five ocean-going vessels visited Duluth. While iron ore…

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Cargo Oddity In January Caps ‘Solid Season’ In Port Of Duluth-Superior

February 10, 2020

Coal experienced its lowest total since 1985.     Among the 33.5 million tons of cargo moved in the port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019-20 season, one shipment stood out. It came near the end of the campaign, when the 704-foot lake freighter H. Lee White loaded with 18,015 tons of spring wheat on Jan.…

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Cleveland Port Cargo Grew 9% in 2019

February 2, 2020

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Port of Cleveland saw 9 percent more cargo last year than in 2018, thanks to an increase in business from Canada. That’s despite the fact that cargo from Europe decreased by 25 percent, in part because of tariffs, said Jade Davis, the port’s vice president of external affairs. The…

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Soo Locks Empties its Largest Lock, See Inside

February 1, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – After the last big freighter of the season went through the Soo Locks earlier this month, a busy window of winter maintenance kicked into high gear for this engineering marvel that moves ships and cargo between Lake Superior and the lower Lake Huron. The first step: “Dewatering” the Poe Lock,…

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More Ships, Less Cargo at Toledo’s Port in 2019

February 1, 2020

Source: Toledo Blade A poor grain harvest and a drop-off in dry-bulk cargoes at the Port of Toledo were mostly offset by surging iron-ore business and an upswing in liquid-bulk shipments during 2019, data from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority show. The net result was a slight, 2.59 percent decline in overall cargo tonnage, even…

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New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020

January 31, 2020

Phase One of New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020 Source: UpNorthLive The first phase of construction on the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to a company in Nevada. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, the much-anticipated mega-project will be done in three phases. Trade West…

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Lawmakers Push for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

January 31, 2020

Research from the Lake Carriers Association shows that more than $1 billion in revenues was sacrificed last winter due to delays resulting from inadequate icebreaking. Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined eight other senators in advocating for a new Great Lakes icebreaker by signing a letter sent to…

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U.S. Great Lakes Ports Report Busy 2019 Navigation Season

January 27, 2020

The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway stretching 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, registered an 8.5 percent gain in year-over-year dry bulk cargo shipments in 2019. This highlights the Seaway’s ability to drive a diverse mix of commodities to and from Great Lakes ports. The top-performing cargos through the…

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Port of Green Bay’s 2019 Shipping Season Sees Highest Tonnage Since 2007

January 24, 2020

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — After breaking a 5-year record in 2018, the Port of Green Bay continued to grow in 2019. Officials report last year’s shipping totals were the highest since 2007. Last year saw 2,254,674 tons of cargo move through the Port, an 8% increase over the 2018 season. Port of Green Bay director,…

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