Michigan

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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Winter Work On The Great Lakes

March 16, 2020

  Along the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen. The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet…

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Springtime Icebreaking Ritual Begins Again In Duluth

March 11, 2020

  Springtime in Duluth is signaled by the return of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder, which began its annual icebreaking activities, dubbed “Operation Taconite,” Tuesday morning in the Duluth-Superior harbor. Every March the Alder helps clear channels through the ice for the upcoming shipping season, so that 1,000-foot long ships loaded with taconite, coal,…

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Great Lakes Ports Storm Capitol Hill

March 6, 2020

  American Great Lakes Ports Association in solidarity. On March 4th & 5th, members of the American Great Lakes Ports Association fanned out across Capitol Hill in the association’s first Washington fly-in. Meetings included elected officials in both the House and Senate, Congressional committee staff, maritime agency leaders, and the Great Lakes governors’ representatives in…

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Muskegon Cruise Ship Stops To Double, With Some Days Two In Port At Once

March 5, 2020

Cruise ships will stop in Muskegon 35 times in 2020 from May to October. MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Three cruise ship operators have finalized 2020 itineraries for cruises on the Great Lakes, resulting in 35 stops in the port city of Muskegon. That’s twice as many stops as in 2019. In 2021 the number of…

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Peters Discusses Michigan Security Priorities with Homeland Security Secretary

March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss Michigan’s top homeland security needs. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: “As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I’m working to…

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Expanding the Ports of Indiana Commission

February 27, 2020

Governor Holcomb Appoints Micah Vincent and David Fagan to Ports of Indiana Commission Source: AJOT Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has appointed Micah Vincent and David Fagan to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Vincent serves as Vice President of Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group. Fagan is the financial secretary of the International Union…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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Soo Locks Empties its Largest Lock, See Inside

February 1, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – After the last big freighter of the season went through the Soo Locks earlier this month, a busy window of winter maintenance kicked into high gear for this engineering marvel that moves ships and cargo between Lake Superior and the lower Lake Huron. The first step: “Dewatering” the Poe Lock,…

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New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020

January 31, 2020

Phase One of New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020 Source: UpNorthLive The first phase of construction on the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to a company in Nevada. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, the much-anticipated mega-project will be done in three phases. Trade West…

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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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Yards Start $97 Million Winter Work on Great Lakes Fleet

January 23, 2020

The Lakes Carriers Association says that more than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. “After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest…

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