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Duluth port sorting out terminal details ahead of cruise ship visits

January 23, 2020

  Two cruise visits are expected this summer and nine visits are scheduled during 2022. Duluth should see its first round of cruise ship passengers in seven years as early as June. Two cruise line companies have started selling and marketing for trips to stop in Duluth. German-based cruise line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has sold out,…

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Yards Start $97 Million Winter Work on Great Lakes Fleet

January 23, 2020

The Lakes Carriers Association says that more than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. “After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest…

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Great Lakes Freighters Undergo $97 million in Work this Winter

January 23, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships…

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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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Viking Goes Big and Bold in the Great Lakes

January 22, 2020

Viking optimized its expedition newbuild design for the Saint Lawrence Seaway and will be fielding the largest cruise ship by far in the Great Lakes. ‘This new cruising area, the Great Lakes, should be very interesting,’ Viking Founder and Chairman Torstein Hagen said, calling it an ‘underserved market … that we thought deserved better tonnage.’…

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Cruise Ship to Visit Traverse City Eight Times in 2022

January 22, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — A 378-passenger cruise ship now being built in Norway is scheduled to stop at Traverse City eight times in 2022. The 665-foot-long Viking Octantis will make its maiden voyage in January 2022, according to the Viking cruise line. The ship will visit both the Great Lakes and Antarctica at different times of…

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Viking cruise line building two cutting-edge ships for North America use

January 21, 2020

A big player in the cruise industry is diving into the Great Lakes market. Switzerland-based Viking, which built its name plying the rivers of Europe, is extending its reach into North America in 2022 with voyages exploring the largest surface of fresh water in the world. The announcement was made by Viking founder and chairman…

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Lake Carriers’ Association President Hopeful New Soo Lock Project Could be ‘Efficiently Funded’

January 21, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – The president of the Lake Carriers’ Association is hoping to keep funding for the new Soo Lock on the fast track. President Jim Weakley says he’s been working towards getting a new lock for about 15 years. He says the new lock is needed to provide a back up in…

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Vessels bring the world to our doorstep

January 20, 2020

  “Port of Toledo, your link to world markets.” The sign painted on a grain elevator next to the I-75 DiSalle Bridge didn’t lie, but the international commerce that Maumee River freighters carry represents a part of Toledo that may be out-of-sight, out-of-mind for many who don’t glance away from the car ahead while crossing…

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SLSDC Orders 60′ Harbor Tug

January 11, 2020

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has placed an order for a newbuild ASD (Z-drive) harbor tug to be delivered by Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine. Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the SLSDC, said, “This new vessel will be used to carry out a variety of construction and maintenance duties…

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Port of Monroe to buy crane with $1.1 million grant

January 10, 2020

  Federal grant money has been awarded to fund equipment upgrades and training geared toward attracting more cargo to the Port of Monroe. The U. S. Department of Transportation’s America’s Marine Highway Projects Program announced Tuesday the local port will receive $1.1 million. Paul LaMarre III, port director, said the funds will be used to…

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Great Lakes Cruise to make a stop in Duluth Port

January 3, 2020

Here in Duluth we’re used to seeing Lakers, Salties, and even sailboats pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge. But for the first time since 2013, Duluthians will see a cruise ship docked at the port this June. Cruising the Great Lakes. It’s a 14-day, 13-night adventure that takes passengers through the 5-mighty bodies of water…

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‘A new Soo Lock’: Gateway to Lake Superior gets $75 million in funding

December 26, 2019

If additional funding is approved on time, the $922 million project could be completed by 2027. The gateway to Lake Superior is getting its long-awaited upgrade, Great Lakes shippers say, now that $75 million for a new shipping lock at the eastern edge of the big lake has been approved. “We can now definitively say…

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First vessel enters Twin Ports for winter layup

December 23, 2019

The John J. Boland entered dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior Friday for winter layup. The 680-foot laker John J. Boland came to Fraser Shipyards in Superior Friday, making it the first vessel to arrive in the Twin Ports for winter layup this season. Vessels will continue to arrive for winter layup and maintenance…

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Port of Oswego aluminum business rebounds after months of hurt from tariffs

December 21, 2019

The year is ending much better than it started for the Port of Oswego, thanks to a rebound in its aluminum business. The yard at the Port is jam packed again with blocks of aluminum, but it wasn’t always the case. Only about six months ago the yard was nearly empty. Port Executive Director and…

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