Michigan

Port Welcomes Largest Project In History

June 24, 2020

    The port will be called on 14 times for the project, handling about 560 wind tower segments in total. Wind energy components are breezing through ports across the Great Lakes this shipping season. The trend is benefiting the Port of Monroe, which is in the midst of handling one of its largest cargo…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Active with International Shipments, Moving Global Supply Chain

June 11, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system record particularly noteworthy increases in project cargo as they advance the global supply chain, trading with 22 countries during the first two months of the navigation season. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020—is situated…

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EPA Selects Stollenwerk For Federal Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. — The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today its appointees to the Great Lakes Advisory Board, a federal committee established to provide ongoing recommendations regarding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. The appointees included Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority director…

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14 Individuals Selected To Serve On Re-Established Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

The committee provides advice and recommendations on matters concerning the Great Lakes, including restoration and protection.     MUSKEGON, Mich. — Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the membership of 14 individuals to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB) Wednesday. Wheeler re-established the GLAB in December 2018 as an advisory committee that provides…

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Get A Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Soo Locks

May 27, 2020

  CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — You can see what it’s like behind the scenes at the Soo Locks with a special virtual tour. The Virtual Visitor Center Tour will take place Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The event is being hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. During the tour you will get…

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Phase One of New Soo Lock Project Set to Begin

May 7, 2020

The project for a new Soo Lock is taking a major step forward.     The US Army Corp of Engineers announced phase one construction started this week. Phase one will begin with deepening the upstream channel. The Army Corp says equipment was moved on site earlier this week. It’s the start in creating a…

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Port Of Duluth-Superior Lands Record 17th Pacesetter Honor

May 7, 2020

The award is given to domestic Great Lakes ports that show year-over-year tonnage increases for international cargoes.     The port of Duluth-Superior earned its second consecutive Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. on Wednesday. The honor acknowledged an increase in international cargo tonnage during the 2019 shipping season. The port of…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2019 Season “Pacesetter Award”

May 6, 2020

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that five U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System received the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2019 navigation season. “The St. Lawrence Seaway and its ports are vital…

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Northern Michigan From Above: Burns Harbor

April 21, 2020

  The Soo Locks officially opened to freighter traffic on March 25.   It’s been busy since then, with many Great Lakes freighters and international freighters passing through.   The 1,000 foot by 105-foot Burns Harbor is a local favorite because the captain is a Sault Ste. Marie native.   In Northern Michigan From Above,…

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Indiana-Burns Harbor Welcomes First Ocean Vessel Of 2020

April 13, 2020

    The first ocean-going vessel arrived today at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, marking the start of the 2020 international shipping season. Officials at the Lake Michigan deepwater port welcomed the M/V Muntgracht, a 466-foot general cargo carrier operated by Amsterdam-headquartered Spliethoff, after her five-day voyage through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The annual tradition of presenting…

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Worth A Thousand Words

April 7, 2020

Port director shares passion with award-winning photographs.     Paul LaMarre III knows that a picture really is worth a thousand words. The director of the Port of Monroe has a passion for the freighters, tugboats and barges that traverse the unforgiving waters of the Great Lakes. It’s a love that he inherited from his…

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Soo Locks Shipping Season Officially Begins

March 25, 2020

The Soo Locks are open for business! Wednesday is the first day of the shipping season on the St. Marys River. At one minute past midnight, the H. Lee White entered the Poe Lock on its way to Duluth. The Lee is the first of many freighters that will make opening day a busy one. Several…

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U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Begins The 2020 Sailing Season Amid The Challenges Of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 24, 2020) – The first U.S.-flag commercial vessel, known as “lakers,” will transit the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday, March 25, signaling the start of the 2020 sailing season. They carry the materials that drive the U.S. economy: iron ore for steel, stone and cement…

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Soo Locks Opening As Scheduled

March 20, 2020

The mandated March 25 opening of the Soo Locks is expected to go off as planned at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, but the usual small crowd of dedicated boatnerds will not be able to watch from the viewing stand. The park grounds at the Soo Locks has been closed for now, including the visitor center there.…

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Port City Review: These 20 Seaport Communities Help Drive The U.S. Economy

March 19, 2020

  Ports are “crucial to the economy,” Texas economist Ray Perryman wrote in 2017. “Ports generate substantial business activity through their operations, but those benefits are dwarfed by the huge importance of water transportation to other industries.” In this survey of 20 U.S. port cities, we look at various engines of economic development and see how they…

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