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Technology, Data, Tariffs: The most prominent topics of the 2019 Great Lakes Economic Forum

May 14, 2019

How shipping, technology, tourism and security play into the economic outlook of the Great Lakes region was the focus of the recent Council of the Great Lakes Region’s fifth annual forum in Cleveland. Held May 6-8, more than 100 people attended, and heard from experts on a variety of subjects, who shared their knowledge in…

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House Passes Great Lakes Appreciation Day

May 14, 2019

The Minnesota House passed a resolution authored by Representative Jennifer Schultz of Duluth declaring September 7, 2019 as “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day” in the state of Minnesota. The resolution calls on all Minnesotans to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River to the economy and the environment of Minnesota.…

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May marks first saltie arrival in Duluth 60 years ago

May 14, 2019

Sixty years ago on May 3, the first foreign shipped arrived under Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge.   A crowd of more than 3,000 people gathered to cheer the arrival of the 475-foot “Ramon de Larrinaga” which stopped at a Duluth grain elevator to load oats.   The saltie’s journey from England was made possible by…

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US BRIG NIAGARA Sets Sail for Season

May 14, 2019

  Erie’s iconic flagship has its first shakedown training sail Saturday in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. You can bet U.S. BRIG NIAGARA Capt. Christopher Cusson and his crew will take an occasional timeout from their duties on Saturday during the vessel’s first shakedown training sail. They will make it a point to notice…

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US Coast Guard’s Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

May 14, 2019

Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record for the ship. The schedule included working 17 buoys, which would break the ship’s previous record of 14.…

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First New Great Lakes Freighter in 36 Years to be Built Near Lake Michigan

May 14, 2019

    A new 639-foot freighter is being built over the next three years at a sprawling shipyard at the edge of Lake Michigan. Constructed for Interlake Steamship Company, the new self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first U.S. flagged freighter being built for the Great Lakes since 1983, the company announced this…

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Cruising the Great Lakes: More ships, more passengers, more stops in Cleveland

May 13, 2019

  To people who grew up near the Great Lakes, these bodies of water are no big deal. But to the rest of the world, they are extraordinary spaces that invite exploration, says Chris Conlin, president of Great Lakes Cruise Co., a Michigan travel agency that specializes in lake cruises. Great Lakes cruising has experienced a…

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Aquatarium to Celebrate the Seaway

May 13, 2019

  When it opened in 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway was one of the greatest engineering feats of its time. Sixty years later, the Aquatarium is using 21st century technology to tell the story of the Seaway to today’s visitors. The facility billed as Brockville’s signature tourist attraction includes as its many features the “Pilot House,” a…

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Former Ports of Indiana CEO awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

May 10, 2019

  The Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., (IRPT) has presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Rich Cooper, former CEO of the Ports of Indiana. IRPT, of which the Ports of Indiana is a long-time member, is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. It promotes the use of…

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Shipping News – Great Lakes Now

May 10, 2019
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Maritime Trade Off to Strong Start

May 10, 2019

  Kate Ferguson, director of trade and business development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, counted the port blessing from last year and this season during the annual Blessing of the Port ceremony, hosted Thursday by the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers in the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Noting how the 2019 season is…

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Port Milwaukee Receives 13th Pacesetter Award

May 9, 2019

Port Milwaukee accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award on Wednesday from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook made the presentation during a luncheon ceremony at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference — an event that provides resources to help grow global trade in the State of Wisconsin. Over 25 years ago,…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Receives 2019 Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award

May 7, 2019

  The Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air (PCA) has selected the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to receive the 2019 PCA Industrial Award. This award is in recognition of the voluntary actions taken in 2018 to improve air quality in Northwest Indiana. PCA’s award system has four categories: Municipal, Industrial, Business, and Bicycle. According to…

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Port Report Highlights Importance of Industrial Jobs

April 29, 2019

     It may seem like we’re living in more and more of a digital age. People familiar with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority know how important industrial jobs are. But not everyone else does. “We undertook this study, in part, because large industry has become a forgotten part of Duluth’s economy,” explained Deb…

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Port Milwaukee launches collaboration to attract more cruise ships, and it’s working

April 29, 2019

Port Milwaukee anticipates more than 10 cruise ship visits to Milwaukee in 2019, a significant uptick in activity from years previous, Port Milwaukee executive director Adam Schlicht said. Cruise lines currently visiting Milwaukee include Rhode Island-based Blount Small Ship Adventures, Connecticut-based Pearl Seas Cruises and French cruise company Ponant. To sustain and increase cruise ship traffic in Milwaukee, Port Milwaukee…

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