Wisconsin

The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Partner to Build First Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly Four Decades

April 11, 2019

STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, April 9, 2019: A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S.…

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Bay Shipbuilding to build Great Lakes bulk carrier

April 9, 2019

  A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years. The Interlake Steamship Company recently awarded a contract to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a new River-class, self-unloading bulk carrier. It is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight 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 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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Port Milwaukee Expects Another Strong Year for International Cargo as Shipping Season Begins

April 1, 2019

  The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but already two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship FEDERAL BARENTS and the Polsteam vessel IRMA are in the North Atlantic now with port calls scheduled in North America, including Milwaukee. The locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section…

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Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days

March 27, 2019

Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days: Two Ships Now Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Are Headed Here   The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but, already, two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship Federal Barents and the Polsteam vessel Irma are in the North…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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Army Corps announces $75.3 million for second lock at Soo Locks

March 20, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposal that included $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. The announcement was made on March 12 as the department proposed its 2020 fiscal budget. “This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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Port Milwaukee Seaway Cargo Volume Grows in 2018

February 28, 2019

Port Milwaukee posted significant gains in cargo movement through the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2018, an indication that international trade disputes have not, as yet, had a major impact on the amount of overseas cargo moving through the port. Port Director Adam Schlicht presented the 2018 cargo report to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday.  In…

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Spending Bill Passes with $293 million for Port Infrastructure

February 22, 2019

The agreement also includes $36 million for U.S. Seaway management and programs The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association: (WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill finalizing spending for FY 2019 — four and a half months…

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Victory Cruise Lines Summer 2019 Season: Great Lakes and French Canada

February 22, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing…

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Victory Cruise Lines Shows Off Summer 2019 Program

February 4, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines has announced its first two itineraries since being bought by American Queen Steamboat Company as the sailings on the 202-guest Victory I and Victory II feature all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes, according to a press release. Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a…

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Great Lakes steel production rises by 12,000 tons

January 17, 2019

Great Lakes steel production rose to 731,000 tons last week, an increase of 1.66 percent from the previous week.   Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 719,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced…

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Great Lakes freighter crews share favorite photos, videos

January 15, 2019

                                    There’s no denying our Great Lakes Region is full of freighter fans. Whether it’s a 1,000-footer heading into Michigan’s Soo Locks or a sleek tugboat lending a hand to one of its bulkier siblings, people across our…

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