Michigan

Detroit Port Authority to Get $500,000 for Brownfield Cleanup

June 14, 2018

DETROIT — The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority is getting $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up contaminated brownfield sites. The EPA says the funding is part of a program that helps communities reuse vacant and abandoned properties by making them available for housing, recreation, open space, health facilities, social services and other…

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Photos Show 3 Thousand-Foot Freighters Converging Near Michigan’s Soo Locks

June 14, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Ship lovers got a treat in recent days when three of the Great Lakes’ massive thousand-footers where gathered at the Soo Locks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. David Kaye got some great pictures of the heavyweight trio in the Soo Harbor last Friday, and agreed to share them with MLive readers.…

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U.S. House OKs Nolan’s Infrastructure Amendment For Soo Locks

June 14, 2018

Nolan and other Great Lakes representatives believe the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is vital to our national economy, national security and the nation’s infrastructure. “The Soo Locks are in danger of obsolescence due to outdated infrastructure. We badly need a new lock to be built – and millions of…

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St. Lawrence Seaway System Reports Gains in Traditional Cargoes in May

June 13, 2018

Continued Demand for Raw Materials Keeps Seaway Traffic Above 5-Year Average Washington, DC (June 13, 2018) – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported overall gains in traditional cargoes through the month of May, with shipments of coal, grain, liquid bulk and general cargoes totaling 4.67 million metric tons (mt) – keeping Seaway traffic above the five-year…

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House of Representatives Gives Corps of Engineers Marching Orders: Finish Soo Lock Cost/Benefit Study Now!

June 4, 2018

CLEVELAND – The Soo Locks’ critical role in the national defense of the United States has prompted the House of Representatives to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to accelerate their project to build a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Committee on Armed Service’s report on the National Defense…

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A New Navigation Lock for the Upper Great Lakes

June 4, 2018

  By Harry Valentine U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced his support to build a new navigation lock between Lakes Superior and Huron, presently the location of a largest navigation lock between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Any malfunction of the lock could halt ship transportation between these two lakes and inflict a…

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Protecting the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway

May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. (MAY 10, 2018) – The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system is the longest deep-draft waterway in the world, and this year marks its 60th shipping season. This marine highway is home to some of North America’s most important ports that promote trade and commerce for the Great Lakes region and America’s…

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SLSDC Announces Port Winners of 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that six 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 2017 navigation season. The six ports earning the Pacesetter Award…

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Damaged Ship Gets Emergency Repair In Monroe

April 12, 2018

The M/V Mississagi sought safe harbor in Monroe March 29, making it the first ship to dock at the port this season. The first ship to call upon the Port of Monroe for this shipping season wasn’t a planned arrival. The M/V Mississagi arrived March 29 in need of a place to make repairs, said…

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A New Year with New Opportunities Across the Great Lakes

April 2, 2018

In past Seaway Compass columns, I have highlighted the importance and significance of the ongoing enhancements to the U.S. and Canadian Seaway locks under our respective asset renewal programs. Yet, the Seaway is not the only organization in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLS) making significant investments in new opportunities for 2018…

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

March 29, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of…

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Hands-Free Mooring For St. Lawrence and Great Lakes

March 27, 2018

In what is being hailed as the greatest positive development for St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes-shipping in more than a half-century, a soon-to-be-completed hands-free mooring program will open access to 10 times as many vessels while delivering impressive time, money and safety benefits. From port executives and Seaway marketers to carrier operations managers and…

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US Coast Guard Cutters Clear Ice Around Soo Locks in Preparation for Opening

March 27, 2018

There’s a lot of work to be done on the water before the Soo Locks are expected to open. We joined the Coast Guard Wednesday as they began breaking up ice along the Saint Marys River. The locks are set to open Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard cutters, along with help from their Canadian counterparts are…

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Potential for a Large Cruise Ship on the Upper Great Lakes

March 8, 2018

While the ocean going cruise ship industry has undergone spectacular growth in recent years, the inland waterway cruise industry has undergone steady but less spectacular growth. The cruise vessels that sail the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes are comparatively small compared to ocean going cruise ships. However, there are prospects to develop a much…

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Opening of the 2018 Navigation Season and Maximum Allowable Drafts

March 1, 2018

The opening of the 2018 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: • Welland Canal: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) • Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in…

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