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Great Lakes lines welcome CBP’s modified passenger processing

October 18, 2019

With cruise business growing in the Great Lakes, stakeholders are pleased about US Customs and Border Protection’s recently approved modified cruise passenger process. Great Lakes cruises are characterized by their multiple calls at US and Canadian ports. This has meant that each time a ship arrives in the US from Canada, CBP carried out a…

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Shipping at Port of Green Bay remains ahead of 2018 pace

October 18, 2019

Shipping traffic through the Port of Green Bay remains strong. Port officials say 314,000 tons of goods moved through the port in September, bringing the total for the year to more than 1.6 million tons. That is 17% ahead of 2018’s pace. Leading products are domestic limestone imports, up 64% over last year; petroleum imports,…

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Duluth-Superior port on pace for banner year

October 18, 2019

Wheat, wind turbines helping boost tonnage total while high-water levels present “challenge and opportunity” An increase in overseas wheat exports from the port of Duluth-Superior is keeping the port’s overall tonnage on pace to beat its 2018 totals and five-year average. Through Aug. 31, exports of grain were up 5% compared to the same time…

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Wind energy lifts Great Lakes shipping in August

October 18, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported gains in traditional and project cargo for the month of August, Seaway officials said Tuesday. For the year-to-date, however, total cargo shipments for the period from March 22 through Aug. 31 were 20.9 million metric tons, a decrease of just over 3 percent compared to 2018. In August, the Seaway…

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Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade

October 18, 2019

Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade. They’ll be led by Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. Kaptur is chairwoman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. Joining them Friday in…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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Interview: Paul Toth outgoing CEO of the Port of Toledo

October 17, 2019

Differing cargoes and ways of investment are some of the changes Paul Toth, the outgoing CEO of the Port of Toledo in Ohio, USA, has seen in three decades at the port Paul Toth, the outgoing president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, has seen much change in 32 years in the post,…

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International shipping on the Great Lakes down by 6% this year, but busy season kicking off

October 17, 2019

International cargo shipments on the Great Lakes are down 6% so far this year. The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. reported that in September shipments of salt rose 14.9%, cement and clinkers by 2.2%, coke by 10.9%, gypsum by 21.8% and ores and concentrates by 47.6%. “As we head into the busiest few months…

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Future Arctic Navigation and Northwestern Atlantic Ports

October 15, 2019

The looming prospect of trans-Arctic ship navigation has prompted China’s ship industry to develop container ships capable of seasonally sailing through the Russian side of the Arctic, ferrying containers between Eastern Chinese ports and Western European ports. Due to comparatively shallow draft, Chinese trans-Arctic ships are being built to small size and intended to carry…

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MDOT Prepares For New Soo Lock

October 14, 2019

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an effort is underway to build a new Soo Lock. Congress this year approved more than $75 million for the initial construction and design of a lock to complement the Poe Lock. MDOT contract manager Ryan Mitchell, speaking on the…

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Milwaukee Doubles Number of Cruise Ships to its Port in 2019

October 8, 2019

City Welcomes 10th Vessel This Year, Concluding Season Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season this week, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany. Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year. Increasingly,…

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BREAKBULK SHIPPING: Breakbulk Breaks the Mold

October 8, 2019

In the cargo shipping world, there’s the bulk sector, the container segment, and then, there is “everything else.” When it comes to ‘everything else,’ breakbulk is the cargo that resides in between, comprising much of that remainder, including forest products (lumber, baled pulp) and steel. Breakbulk may, at times, share space on multipurpose vessels that…

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Guest speakers reflect on 60 years of St. Lawrence Seaway; look to future

October 2, 2019

MASSENA — Several guests reflected on the past and looked forward to the future as they spoke during the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 60th anniversary celebration this week at Eisenhower Lock. The guests included U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao; U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville; Chief Edward Roundpoint from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne;…

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Chao Commemorates Seaway’s 60th Anniversary

October 1, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao marked the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway September 24 at a ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y. Chao was joined by Transport Canada Director General of Marine Policy Marc-Yves Bertin, Rep. Elise Stefanik, (R-N.Y.), U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook, Canadian Seaway President and CEO Terence Bowles,…

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Indiana Dunes Tourism considers bringing cruise ships to port in Burns Harbor: ‘The number of cruise ships on the Great Lakes is increasing’

September 29, 2019

Stephen Burnett likens the process of bringing cruise ships to dock at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to birthing an elephant. The process takes 18 to 36 months and includes creating a “shopping list” of things for visitors to see during excursions once they get off the ship, Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, said.…

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