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A New Year with New Opportunities Across the Great Lakes

April 2, 2018

In past Seaway Compass columns, I have highlighted the importance and significance of the ongoing enhancements to the U.S. and Canadian Seaway locks under our respective asset renewal programs. Yet, the Seaway is not the only organization in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLS) making significant investments in new opportunities for 2018…

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

March 29, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of…

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Partner Spotlight – Port of Duluth-Superior

March 28, 2018

Located at the western-most point of Lake Superior on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, the Port of Duluth-Superior is considered the “bulk cargo capital” of the Great Lakes. Economy Truly the start of the seaway system, the Port of Duluth-Superior connects the U.S. and Canadian heartland to the rest of the world. It is the backbone of…

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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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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Plans for Major Growth After Landmark Year

March 13, 2018

PORTAGE, Ind. (March. 8, 2018) – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments. In addition to handling an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, the port doubled the size of its bulk terminal, attracted a…

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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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Lake Freighter Repairs Means Big Business for Toledo

March 5, 2018

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – It has been a booming industry in our area for decades, but not many people know about it. However, it is why so many Lake Erie freighter ships dock here in Toledo over the winter. Currently at the Toledo Docks, just south of where the Maumee River dumps into Maumee Bay,…

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Pink Barge “Big Hope 1” Promotes Cancer Research on First Visit to Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

March 5, 2018

PORTAGE, Ind., (February 19, 2018) – The Port of Indiana Burns Harbor welcomes a unique visitor today. Big Hope 1, a bright pink barge owned by Ceres Barge Line, makes its first appearance at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor traveling from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to reach the…

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After Strong 2017, Port of Cleveland Prepares for its 50th Anniversary Shipping Season in 2018

March 1, 2018

Cleveland, OH – Reporting solid numbers during the 2017 Navigation Season and looking ahead to an even stronger 2018, the Port of Cleveland announces exciting Great Lakes developments aimed at continuing to build Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness. 2017 Navigation Season The Port saw an overall increase in economic activity including handling 464,000 metric tons of…

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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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The Interlake Steamship Company Launches 2018 Sailing Season

February 28, 2018

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS – The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, a leading integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River. A workhorse…

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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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