Economy

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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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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Life just got easier for a lock named “Soo”

January 9, 2020

Funding for the New Navigation Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Takes Giant Step Forward: “We can now definitively say that there will be a new Soo Lock,” says Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. With the expected passage of the 2020 spending bills a vital national infrastructure project, the new navigational lock in…

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Wind cargo boosts freight tons at Port of Duluth-Superior

January 8, 2020

After handling 306,000 freight tons of wind turbines and components last year, the Port of Duluth-Superior has strong expectations for similar growth in 2020, driven largely by the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind development, which has triggered massive wind development in the United States, including in the Midwest. Duluth-Superior, on the St. Lawrence Seaway…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Keeps Pace with Five-Year Average

December 18, 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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Victory Cruise Lines re-ups with CMI Leisure

December 5, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines is continuing its partnership with CMI Leisure following the success of its inaugural season under the management of American Queen Steamboat Co. Cruising on the Great Lakes, US and Canadian coasts, Victory Cruise Lines’ Victory I and Victory II were acquired by American Queen Steamboat Co. in January this year and began their inaugural…

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Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor: Feeding the Region’s Economy Since 1970

November 21, 2019

The Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor is one of the Region’s somewhat hidden engines. Home to a vast amount of real estate, cargo, and industry, the harbor helps propel commerce not just around Northwest Indiana, but worldwide. The Port of Indiana was founded in 1965, right on Lake Michigan at the intersection of U.S.…

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Soo Locks design, channel deepening plans underway

November 19, 2019

A new 1,000-foot lock to join the vital Great Lakes complex By Rep. Jack Bergman – – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: When I came to Congress in January of 2017, I made the construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a top priority. Like many things in Washington, this goal didn’t come…

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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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Duluth Achieves Wind Energy Cargo Record

November 12, 2019

The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons set…

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Waiver obtained to allow soybean shipments from Port of Oswego to continue

November 11, 2019

A waiver has been obtained that will allow local soybean farmers and the Port of Oswego to export tons of exports to international markets. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Oct. 18 that he called and wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to obtain the waiver so the whole…

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Port of Duluth-Superior seeing record-breaking year

November 11, 2019

DULUTH, MN — Having a record year. That’s the message from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in the midst of the shipping season. “It’s been a good season so far. It’s been solid,” said Jayson Hron, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Hron said thanks to Mother Nature’s force the shipping…

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High Water Levels Necessitate Additional Safety Measures

November 8, 2019

This summer, the water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River again rose above the record high for this time of year that was set in 1952. Due to record inflows from Lake Erie and persistent precipitation around Lake Ontario in May and June, water levels on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and in…

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Duluth Sets Wind Energy Record

November 8, 2019

The port of Duluth has seen 306,000 freight tons of wind energy components traverse its docks in 2019 – a single-season record for the North American gateway. The final wind energy delivery of 2019 saw BigLift Shipping’s Happy River call at the Clure Public Marine Terminal to offload 42 wind turbine tower sections, helping Duluth surpass its previous…

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Soo Locks Upgrade Looks For State Funding

November 5, 2019

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) – The head of a company that operates huge freighters between Duluth-Superior and other Great Lakes ports says they’re in “very preliminary discussions” with state lawmakers about Minnesota helping fund a major upgrade of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker warns if the…

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