Michigan

Port of Muskegon Receives First Seaway Pacesetter Award

June 26, 2019

Port of Muskegon accepted their first Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. In conjunction with Port Milwaukee visiting the Port of Muskegon, Rebecca Yackley, International Trade Specialist at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), presented the award to Chuck Canestraight, President of Port City Marine Services, a Sand Products…

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Funding for Soo Locks included in new legislation

June 21, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers. The money will go towards building a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. President Trump made the request when he released his annual budget proposal in March. The funding is included in larger…

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National Maritime Day celebrated in Duluth

June 17, 2019

The Twin Ports maritime industry celebrated National Maritime Day Wednesday with a lunchtime event at the Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth. Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association was the keynote speaker. The date of May 22 was chosen for an annual maritime celebration to mark the date of…

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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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Port of Duluth-Superior receives award for shipping season tonnage increase

May 29, 2019

  The Duluth-Superior Port has received an award for seeing an increase in international cargo tonnage increase during the 2018 shipping season. The Pacesetter award, which is given by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, was presented to port officials Wednesday. Officials say the Duluth-Superior port saw an 11.5% increase of international cargo shipments,…

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The Victory I cruise ship arrived in Muskegon Thursday, May 23.

May 29, 2019

May 23 marked the start of cruise ship season on the Great Lakes with the first of the ships arriving in Muskegon. The Victory I cruise ship arrived in Muskegon around 7 a.m. on Thursday May, 23. The 300-ft. ship docked at Heritage Landing and departed around 6 p.m. This is the fourth year that…

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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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