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Traverse City Seeking Cruise Ships After Port Certification

August 26, 2019

Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger-carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity…

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Why Soo Locks are so important to US economy: Unlocking value of engineering gem

August 26, 2019

Looking into past, present, future of American economic lifeblood On the surface, it looks like way too small of a place and in way too remote of a location to have such a significant economic impact. It’s also surrounded by ice for four to five months and closed over two months of the year for…

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Port of Milwaukee Pursuing Formal Partnership With Quebec

August 26, 2019

Milwaukee’s Port Wants A Binational Trade Agreement To Grow International Trade The Port of Milwaukee and the provincial government of Quebec are exploring opportunities to grow international trade through a partnership. The future collaboration could bring economic benefits to the state. The port already has an ongoing informal trade relationship with Quebec. The two have…

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Over 1,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Have Visited Milwaukee in 2019

August 26, 2019

Port Milwaukee director Adam Schlicht‘s positioning of the port as a turnaround destination for cruise ships is beginning to pay dividends. Through July 26th, 1,082 passengers have started or ended their Great Lakes journeys in Milwaukee as a Pearl Seas cruise ship has docked here three times. Approximately 35 percent of those travelers have stayed in Milwaukee the night…

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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 26, 2019

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award is presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to recognize Great Lakes ports that registered an increase…

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New Report Highlights Restoration of the Great Lakes

August 26, 2019

Industrial pollution once plagued the Great Lakes. But over the past 35 years, both the United States and Canada have collaborated to clean up and restore the lakes and their shorelines. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird came to Buffalo to see first-hand what industrial pollution was doing to Lake Erie.…

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Construction Starts on the First Us-Built Laker for 35 Years

August 26, 2019

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event this week, celebrating the historic start of construction on the first US-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for US Great Lakes service built on…

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Major Developments Taking Place at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

August 26, 2019

From Dry Cargo International The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Ideally situated on two major North American freight transportation arteries — the Great Lakes and the Inland Waterway System — the state’s three-port system serves the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural…

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Officials meet to go over Soo Locks upgrade project

August 25, 2019

Approximately 90 percent of the iron ore used for U.S. manufacturing makes its way through the Soo Locks. A shutdown at the locks would devastate the U.S. economy. Friday, a congressional delegation along with the army checked on the plan to build a new lock The upgrade to the Soo Locks involves duplicating the 1,200-foot-long…

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$75M for Soo Locks nears finish line

August 24, 2019

Michigan lawmakers say they are confident the federal government will move ahead with a $75 million spending plan for the Soo Locks modernization project despite uncertainty over whether Congress will complete budgets by the end of the fiscal year. “These end of September negotiations can be complicated, but we cannot have a shutdown,” U.S. Rep. John…

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Catch a glimpse of ‘The World’s Tallest Crane’ in east Toledo

August 23, 2019

The giant lift helped to erect the new Cleveland Cliffs Iron Briquette plant on Front Street near Millard.   SOURCE: WTOL 11

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Port of Monroe earns award for cargo work

August 22, 2019

The Port of Monroe received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The Port of Monroe has once again been honored for its work with handling international cargo. The local port received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway…

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Cruising the Lakes: Port stops for cruise lines all around the Great Lakes

August 22, 2019

From Great Lakes Now: Ports abound throughout the Great Lakes, welcoming vacationers from the United States and further abroad. To meet the demand from cruisegoers, several cruise lines have been increasing their presence in the region, with upwards of 20 to 30 stops each season at individual ports around the lakes. Cruisers can start off…

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Barker, Undaunted/Pere Marquette visit Port

August 22, 2019

From Grand Haven Tribune: Grand Haven received two cargoes this past week. On Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, Interlake Steamship Company’s self-unloading motor vessel Kaye E. Barker arrived in port with a load of stone for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. By the early afternoon, the Barker was backing out of port and heading for her…

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Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Receives 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. 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 an…

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