Economy

Port of Duluth-Superior berths Pacesetter Award

May 22, 2019

  The United States Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will present its 2018 Pacesetter Award to the Port of Duluth-Superior tomorrow as part of the region’s National Maritime Day festivities. The award salutes Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System ports that registered international cargo tonnage increases during the 2018 shipping season.   Duluth Seaway Port…

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Cruising to Cleveland? Yes, it’s a thing

May 17, 2019

  More ships are scheduling stops in Ohio   There will be handful of cruise ships sailing into Cleveland this summer. Yes, Cleveland. Wednesday marked the arrival of the Victory I, which is a part of Victory Cruise Lines. Volunteers from Destination Cleveland welcomed passengers, who rode on Lolly the Trolley and toured the Rock…

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Technology, Data, Tariffs: The most prominent topics of the 2019 Great Lakes Economic Forum

May 14, 2019

How shipping, technology, tourism and security play into the economic outlook of the Great Lakes region was the focus of the recent Council of the Great Lakes Region’s fifth annual forum in Cleveland. Held May 6-8, more than 100 people attended, and heard from experts on a variety of subjects, who shared their knowledge in…

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May marks first saltie arrival in Duluth 60 years ago

May 14, 2019

Sixty years ago on May 3, the first foreign shipped arrived under Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge.   A crowd of more than 3,000 people gathered to cheer the arrival of the 475-foot “Ramon de Larrinaga” which stopped at a Duluth grain elevator to load oats.   The saltie’s journey from England was made possible by…

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Cruising the Great Lakes: More ships, more passengers, more stops in Cleveland

May 13, 2019

  To people who grew up near the Great Lakes, these bodies of water are no big deal. But to the rest of the world, they are extraordinary spaces that invite exploration, says Chris Conlin, president of Great Lakes Cruise Co., a Michigan travel agency that specializes in lake cruises. Great Lakes cruising has experienced a…

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Shipping News – Great Lakes Now

May 10, 2019
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Maritime Trade Off to Strong Start

May 10, 2019

  Kate Ferguson, director of trade and business development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, counted the port blessing from last year and this season during the annual Blessing of the Port ceremony, hosted Thursday by the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers in the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Noting how the 2019 season is…

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Port Milwaukee Receives 13th Pacesetter Award

May 9, 2019

Port Milwaukee accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award on Wednesday from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook made the presentation during a luncheon ceremony at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference — an event that provides resources to help grow global trade in the State of Wisconsin. Over 25 years ago,…

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Port Report Highlights Importance of Industrial Jobs

April 29, 2019

     It may seem like we’re living in more and more of a digital age. People familiar with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority know how important industrial jobs are. But not everyone else does. “We undertook this study, in part, because large industry has become a forgotten part of Duluth’s economy,” explained Deb…

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Port Milwaukee launches collaboration to attract more cruise ships, and it’s working

April 29, 2019

Port Milwaukee anticipates more than 10 cruise ship visits to Milwaukee in 2019, a significant uptick in activity from years previous, Port Milwaukee executive director Adam Schlicht said. Cruise lines currently visiting Milwaukee include Rhode Island-based Blount Small Ship Adventures, Connecticut-based Pearl Seas Cruises and French cruise company Ponant. To sustain and increase cruise ship traffic in Milwaukee, Port Milwaukee…

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First Ship Arrives at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

April 29, 2019

  The first ocean-going ship of the season arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor last week, ushering in the international shipping season. The M/V Irma bulk carrier, a Cyprus-flagged vessel that can haul up to 21,387 tons of cargo, was unloaded by dock workers at the deepwater port on Lake Michigan in Portage and Burns…

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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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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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