Wisconsin

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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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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St. Lawrence Seaway shipping boosted by diverse cargo mix

October 30, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include: Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke —…

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Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season recently, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany.

October 30, 2019

Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year. Increasingly, Milwaukee has become a turnaround point, so passengers start and end their itineraries in the city, which has meant additional business for local attractions and…

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Salt supply pours in at Port of Milwaukee ahead of winter

October 29, 2019

The salt piles at the Port of Milwaukee have gotten sneakily larger as winter approaches. Port Director Adam Schlicht said it’s been a “banner year” at the Port of Milwaukee, and salt shipments are no exception. “Salt shipments here are up 46, almost 47% compared to this time last year,” he said. Last year, a…

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Port of Green Bay Headed for Best Year in a Decade

October 22, 2019

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Port of Green Bay is on pace for its best shipping season in more than a decade. When it comes to the number of ships and amount of cargo sailing into the Port of Green Bay each year, Port Director Dean Haen says two factors come into play. “The economy…

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Shipping at Port of Green Bay remains ahead of 2018 pace

October 18, 2019

Shipping traffic through the Port of Green Bay remains strong. Port officials say 314,000 tons of goods moved through the port in September, bringing the total for the year to more than 1.6 million tons. That is 17% ahead of 2018’s pace. Leading products are domestic limestone imports, up 64% over last year; petroleum imports,…

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Milwaukee Doubles Number of Cruise Ships to its Port in 2019

October 8, 2019

City Welcomes 10th Vessel This Year, Concluding Season Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season this week, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany. Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year. Increasingly,…

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Port Milwaukee Concludes 2019 Cruise Ship Season

October 8, 2019

Ten Passenger Ship Visits Brought Thousands of Visitors Here On Tuesday, Port Milwaukee will welcome the season’s final passenger cruise ship when the Hamburg arrives with more than 300 passengers. Milwaukee will have a total of ten vessel visits this year which is more than double the number from 2018. “Milwaukee is an important and…

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U.S. Great Lakes ports report busy August

September 17, 2019

U.S. Great Lakes ports reported a busy August shipping construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components. Despite these areas of strength, cargo volumes via the bi-national St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to August 31) at 20.9 million metric tons were down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2018. “Great Lakes…

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Port of Milwaukee Pursuing Formal Partnership With Quebec

August 26, 2019

Milwaukee’s Port Wants A Binational Trade Agreement To Grow International Trade The Port of Milwaukee and the provincial government of Quebec are exploring opportunities to grow international trade through a partnership. The future collaboration could bring economic benefits to the state. The port already has an ongoing informal trade relationship with Quebec. The two have…

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Over 1,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Have Visited Milwaukee in 2019

August 26, 2019

Port Milwaukee director Adam Schlicht‘s positioning of the port as a turnaround destination for cruise ships is beginning to pay dividends. Through July 26th, 1,082 passengers have started or ended their Great Lakes journeys in Milwaukee as a Pearl Seas cruise ship has docked here three times. Approximately 35 percent of those travelers have stayed in Milwaukee the night…

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Construction Starts on the First Us-Built Laker for 35 Years

August 26, 2019

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event this week, celebrating the historic start of construction on the first US-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for US Great Lakes service built on…

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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect our Waters and Grow our Regional Economy

July 17, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers gathered today for their 2019 Leadership Summit. The Governors and Premiers announced a series of actions on water, transportation, impact investing, and tourism. “The waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River unite our states and provinces,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Chair…

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Wisconsin Sees Growing Interest In Wind Production

June 24, 2019

Wisconsin and the nation are seeing increased interest around wind energy. The declining cost of wind production and utilities that are pledging to reduce carbon emissions are playing a role in wind developments. In the Twin Ports, wind turbine shipments are expected to be up after a lull last year, according to Jayson Hron with the…

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