Michigan

U.S. Great Lakes Ports Report Busy 2019 Navigation Season

January 27, 2020

The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway stretching 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, registered an 8.5 percent gain in year-over-year dry bulk cargo shipments in 2019. This highlights the Seaway’s ability to drive a diverse mix of commodities to and from Great Lakes ports. The top-performing cargos through the…

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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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Life just got easier for a lock named “Soo”

January 9, 2020

Funding for the New Navigation Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Takes Giant Step Forward: “We can now definitively say that there will be a new Soo Lock,” says Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. With the expected passage of the 2020 spending bills a vital national infrastructure project, the new navigational lock in…

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Soo Locks design, channel deepening plans underway

November 19, 2019

A new 1,000-foot lock to join the vital Great Lakes complex By Rep. Jack Bergman – – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: When I came to Congress in January of 2017, I made the construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a top priority. Like many things in Washington, this goal didn’t come…

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Gary Peters secures Senate approval for $9M Great Lakes funding increase

November 1, 2019

Senate approval of an additional $9 million in funding for Great Lakes cleanup could open the door for larger federal investment in the future. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, led an effort increasing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $310 million through a government appropriations bill passed in the Senate Thursday. Both chambers of…

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St. Lawrence Seaway shipping boosted by diverse cargo mix

October 30, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include: Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke —…

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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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St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Boosted by Diverse Cargo Mix in September, Heading into Peak Season

October 16, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include:  Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke — 929,000 metric tons;…

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U.S. Great Lakes ports report busy August

September 17, 2019

U.S. Great Lakes ports reported a busy August shipping construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components. Despite these areas of strength, cargo volumes via the bi-national St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to August 31) at 20.9 million metric tons were down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2018. “Great Lakes…

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Big Changes on Horizon for Soo Locks

September 5, 2019

DULUTH, MN – “The impact of the Soo Locks is felt nationwide,” Congressman, Pete Stauber says. That statement was the theme of today’s press conference where future improvement plans for the locks were announced. It’s not unusual for more than seventy thousand tons of iron ore to be carried on a vessel using the locks.…

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US Maritime Administration Grants Port of Oswego Authority a Marine Highway Project Designation

August 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration August 9 announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods. “The…

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Traverse City Seeking Cruise Ships After Port Certification

August 26, 2019

Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger-carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity…

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Officials meet to go over Soo Locks upgrade project

August 25, 2019

Approximately 90 percent of the iron ore used for U.S. manufacturing makes its way through the Soo Locks. A shutdown at the locks would devastate the U.S. economy. Friday, a congressional delegation along with the army checked on the plan to build a new lock The upgrade to the Soo Locks involves duplicating the 1,200-foot-long…

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$75M for Soo Locks nears finish line

August 24, 2019

Michigan lawmakers say they are confident the federal government will move ahead with a $75 million spending plan for the Soo Locks modernization project despite uncertainty over whether Congress will complete budgets by the end of the fiscal year. “These end of September negotiations can be complicated, but we cannot have a shutdown,” U.S. Rep. John…

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Port of Monroe earns award for cargo work

August 22, 2019

The Port of Monroe received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The Port of Monroe has once again been honored for its work with handling international cargo. The local port received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway…

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