Michigan

Northern Michigan From Above: Freighters On The Great Lakes

October 27, 2020

There has been an influx of international freighters on the Great Lakes this shipping season, many transporting wind turbine parts. Most have been dropping off the parts in Duluth to be transported by ground to wind farms in the northern plains. In Northern Michigan From Above, Jim Lehocky shows us several different freighters hauling the…

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Phase Two Contract Awarded for New Soo Lock Project

September 24, 2020

The second phase construction contract for the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to Kokosing Alberici LLC of Westerville, Ohio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Thursday. The much-anticipated mega-project will require three phases of construction. Kokosing Alberici’s $111 million contract to complete the second phase will stabilize the existing approach walls,…

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New Soo Lock Work Shifts To Round-The-Clock Construction

September 17, 2020

  SAULT STE, MARIE, MI – Round-the-clock work has begun at the Soo Locks. The Army Corps of Engineers, District Detroit, said Wednesday that phase one of an extensive, multiyear project to update existing locks and to create a new lock at the Upper Peninsula facility shifted into high gear on Sept. 8. To start,…

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The St. Lawrence Seaway System: U.S. Farmers’ Key Advantage for Competing Globally

September 16, 2020

American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System traded with a total of 32 countries in August. Shipments of commodities including wind energy components and gypsum remained strong, while exports of agricultural products picked up pace. Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020—increased…

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Ports Of Indiana Handles Project Cargoes For Michigan Power Plant Project

August 25, 2020

  The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is handling the primary shipments for a $1 billion natural gas fired power plant project at the Indeck Niles Energy Center in Michigan. More than 600 pieces of cargo, some weighing up to 300 tons and 100-feet long, are being shipped through the northern Indiana port destined for Niles,…

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Lake Carriers’ Appreciation For House Appropriations Supporting The Great Lakes

August 14, 2020

The House Appropriations Committee has approved $123 million for construction of the Soo Lock. This would be the largest single year amount received so far in a fiscal year for one of the largest infrastructure projects ever in the Great Lakes region. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds the House Committee for the approval of the…

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Army Corps Gearing Up For Next Phase Of Lock Construction

August 12, 2020

  SAULT STE. MARIE — Soo Lock construction is set to shift into the next phase, Phase 2, of construction in September. This construction, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is to facilitate the construction of a new Poe-sized lock in place of the existing Davis and…

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Historic International Shipments Earn Port of Monroe 2019 Pacesetter Award

August 6, 2020

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership applauds the Port of Monroe for earning a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes their efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. The Port of Monroe received the Pacesetter Award five times out of the last seven seasons beginning in 2012. “Above…

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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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