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Great Lakes limestone shipments increase in January 2019

April 16, 2019

The Lake Carriers’ Association reports that U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 3.1 million tons of cargo in January 2019, an increase of 110 percent compared to a year ago. The January float was also 44 percent above the month’s five-year average.     The limestone trade totaled 195,594 tons in January 2019, an increase of 100…

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The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes

April 15, 2019

  When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name. This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or…

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Weekend arrival likely for first saltie of 2019 shipping season

April 15, 2019

    The first saltie of the Twin Ports’ 2019 shipping season, the Maria G, is expected to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend. Preliminary plans call for the vessel to anchor off the Duluth Ship Canal late Saturday and then proceed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge sometime Sunday or early Monday. That’s…

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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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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Announces Photo Contest Winners

April 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2019) – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the winners of their 1st annual photo contest. To help celebrate Great Lakes Shipping and the Saint Lawrence Seaway’s 60th navigation season, The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership invited fans to submit their best photos of ships, tugboats and barges across the Great…

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Great Lakes ports forecast strong shipping season

March 29, 2019

By: Joseph S. Pete, The Times Great Lakes ports are forecasting a “stellar” shipping season after the St. Lawrence Seaway reopened on Tuesday, allowing hulking international cargo ships known as salties to pass through to Midwestern ports including the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. While cargoes were slightly down in Burns Harbor, many other ports saw…

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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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2019 Shipping Season Opens at St. Lawrence Seaway

March 27, 2019

    As the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened for business yesterday (March 26), U.S. Great Lakes ports are predicting the shipping season will mirror last year’s stellar performance. In 2018, many U.S. Great Lakes ports recorded their highest cargo totals in recent years, with strong volumes of iron ore, petroleum products, construction products and…

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Indiana Senate asks governor to designate day for celebrating the Great Lakes

March 27, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Look at any map of North America, and there’s no question that Indiana is located nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean. But if you follow the ocean a little bit north of Maine, you’ll find the St. Lawrence River. Trace it past Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, into Lake Ontario and then onward through…

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AERIAL PHOTOS: Icebreakers headed to Niagara

March 27, 2019

By: Nathaniel Johnson Two Canadian Coast Guard vessels will make their way to the Welland Canal ahead of its opening Friday to break ice at Port Colborne and set buoys along the length of the waterway. Carol Launderville, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard out of Sarnia, said the CCGS Pierre Radisson will head to Ontario…

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Fednav Participates in Seaway’s 60th-Anniversary Celebrations

March 27, 2019

BY MAREX 2019-03-26 17:08:12 Fednav today inaugurated the 61st season of the St. Lawrence Seaway with its vessel, the Federal Kumano. At a ceremony at the Saint-Lambert Lock and in the presence of many dignitaries, Fednav’s president launched the celebrations surrounding the company’s 75th anniversary. Founded in 1944 in Toronto by the Pathy family, the company moved to…

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