Wisconsin

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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Port of Green Bay’s 2019 Shipping Season Sees Highest Tonnage Since 2007

January 24, 2020

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — After breaking a 5-year record in 2018, the Port of Green Bay continued to grow in 2019. Officials report last year’s shipping totals were the highest since 2007. Last year saw 2,254,674 tons of cargo move through the Port, an 8% increase over the 2018 season. Port of Green Bay director,…

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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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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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Port of Green Bay already tops 2 million tons for season

December 6, 2019

With nearly 207,000 tons of cargo moved into and out of the Port of Green Bay, Wis., in November, total tonnage has now topped the port’s goal of 2 million tons (2,081,962 tons) for the shipping season. Year-to-date tonnage is running 9% ahead of the total from the end of November in 2018. “Two million…

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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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