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U.S. Wind Energy and Construction Supported by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping with Large Increases in Project Cargo During May

June 14, 2019

  The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, reported overall gains in project cargo, agriculture and iron ore. These notable increases, specifically in project cargo, indicate that shippers view the Great Lakes Seaway system as way to ship to America’s heartland faster and more efficiently.…

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Shipping News – Great Lakes Now

May 10, 2019
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The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes

April 15, 2019

  When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name. This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Indiana Senate asks governor to designate day for celebrating the Great Lakes

March 27, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Look at any map of North America, and there’s no question that Indiana is located nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean. But if you follow the ocean a little bit north of Maine, you’ll find the St. Lawrence River. Trace it past Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, into Lake Ontario and then onward through…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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Army Corps announces $75.3 million for second lock at Soo Locks

March 20, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposal that included $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. The announcement was made on March 12 as the department proposed its 2020 fiscal budget. “This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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Spending Bill Passes with $293 million for Port Infrastructure

February 22, 2019

The agreement also includes $36 million for U.S. Seaway management and programs The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association: (WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill finalizing spending for FY 2019 — four and a half months…

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Victory Cruise Lines Summer 2019 Season: Great Lakes and French Canada

February 22, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing…

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Victory Cruise Lines Shows Off Summer 2019 Program

February 4, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines has announced its first two itineraries since being bought by American Queen Steamboat Company as the sailings on the 202-guest Victory I and Victory II feature all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes, according to a press release. Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a…

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Great Lakes steel production rises by 12,000 tons

January 17, 2019

Great Lakes steel production rose to 731,000 tons last week, an increase of 1.66 percent from the previous week.   Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 719,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced…

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The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years

January 17, 2019

The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years 40.9 Million Tons of Cargo Moved; Exceptional Season for Grain, Dry Bulk & Liquid Bulk Shipments Washington, DC (January 17, 2019) – The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, recently completed its best year for…

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Great Lakes freighter crews share favorite photos, videos

January 15, 2019

                                    There’s no denying our Great Lakes Region is full of freighter fans. Whether it’s a 1,000-footer heading into Michigan’s Soo Locks or a sleek tugboat lending a hand to one of its bulkier siblings, people across our…

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President Trump Puts Seal of Approval on Second Poe-sized Lock

December 12, 2018

Cleveland – President Trump yesterday signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, legislation that includes the Soo Lock Post-Authorization Change Report that authorizes construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to move forward. The President had pledged to “fix” the Soo Locks in April. James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’…

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