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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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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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Great Lakes Ports Work On Building Cargo Diversity

March 9, 2020

Project cargo’s growing diversification role Throughout the vast Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system in the United States and Canada, most ports seek to diversify their customer base by developing new business beyond traditional bulk markets. Front and center in their efforts are project cargoes, especially wind energy components destined to meet the rising demands of…

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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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Cleveland Port Cargo Grew 9% in 2019

February 2, 2020

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Port of Cleveland saw 9 percent more cargo last year than in 2018, thanks to an increase in business from Canada. That’s despite the fact that cargo from Europe decreased by 25 percent, in part because of tariffs, said Jade Davis, the port’s vice president of external affairs. The…

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More Ships, Less Cargo at Toledo’s Port in 2019

February 1, 2020

Source: Toledo Blade A poor grain harvest and a drop-off in dry-bulk cargoes at the Port of Toledo were mostly offset by surging iron-ore business and an upswing in liquid-bulk shipments during 2019, data from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority show. The net result was a slight, 2.59 percent decline in overall cargo tonnage, even…

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Lawmakers Push for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

January 31, 2020

Research from the Lake Carriers Association shows that more than $1 billion in revenues was sacrificed last winter due to delays resulting from inadequate icebreaking. Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined eight other senators in advocating for a new Great Lakes icebreaker by signing a letter sent to…

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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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Great Lakes Freighters Undergo $97 million in Work this Winter

January 23, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships…

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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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Vessels bring the world to our doorstep

January 20, 2020

  “Port of Toledo, your link to world markets.” The sign painted on a grain elevator next to the I-75 DiSalle Bridge didn’t lie, but the international commerce that Maumee River freighters carry represents a part of Toledo that may be out-of-sight, out-of-mind for many who don’t glance away from the car ahead while crossing…

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St. Lawrence Seaway traffic keeps pace with five-year average

December 19, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced that traffic is on pace with the Seaway’s five-year average. Through November, Great Lakes vessel operators moved a combined 34.04 million metric tons of cargo. Year-to-date overall tonnage is 6.4 percent behind 2018’s record-breaking season (compared to this time last year). As the navigation season nears its end, dry…

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Iron Range Ore Used in Steel for New Laker

November 15, 2019

Once complete, the ship will be the first new laker since 1983. Construction of the first U.S.-flagged laker in more than 35 years is underway, and it’s using steel produced from Minnesota iron ore. Commissioned by the Interlake Steamship Company, the future 639-foot freighter will be capable of carrying 28,000 gross tons of cargo and is being…

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