Michigan

LaMarre Named to Federal Maritime Panel

May 17, 2019

    Port of Monroe Director Paul C. LaMarre III has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee.   The two-year appointment was made by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last month. The panel provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the U. S. maritime transportation and…

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Huizenga, others call for Great Lakes mapping update

May 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, was among the congressmen and women reintroducing legislation that would update the ecological mapping of the Great Lakes. On Tuesday, May 7, several congressional leaders introduced legislation that called for the remapping of the Great Lakes environmental sensitivity index, or ESI. ESI is used to map information about coastal shoreline…

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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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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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Peters Applauds Appointment of Monroe Port Director to Key Federal Maritime Transportation Committee

April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the Department of Transportation’s decision to appoint Director of the Port of Monroe Paul LaMarre to the U.S. Marine and Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) for a term of two years. Last year, Peters supported LaMarre’s application, writing a letter to the Department of Transportation. “From his…

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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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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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Soo Locks’ first ship of 2019 is Great Lakes’ first 1,000-foot freighter

March 27, 2019

  03/25/2019 By: Tanda Gmiter SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks. The Stewart J. Cort arrived at the lock system just…

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Soo Locks refilled with 73M gallons of water, Coast Guard cutters sent to break ice in Lake Superior

March 25, 2019

03/20/2019 By Tanda Gmiter | MLive Soo Locks Gets Ready for Opening Day SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – After being shut down for its annual winter maintenance since late January, there was a flurry of activity at Michigan’s Soo Locks this week as two of the huge, empty chambers were refilled with 73 million gallons of…

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Crews at Soo Locks prepare for new shipping season

March 22, 2019

By: Roxanne Werly Tuesday, March 19th 2019 CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — With the start of the new Great Lakes shipping season next week, crews at the Soo Locks are getting ready. The Soo Locks closed for the winter on January 15. During the ten-week closure, critical maintenance was performed on the structures. A major…

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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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‘Rebirth’ of Port of Monroe related at Chamber event

March 20, 2019

“The golden years of this industry is where we want to be again,” Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, told the audience. Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, promotes the recent burst of activity at the Port of Monroe as a “rebirth” — and he was happy…

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New Soo Lock Could Bring Mega Boom to Area Economy

March 20, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – More than 1,000 high quality jobs could be shipping into Sault Ste. Marie with plans of a new Soo Lock coming closer and closer to fruition. Upwards of $32 million has been secured for the 2019 fiscal year to help design and start initial construction of the project, and with…

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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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