Safety

Congress and President Agree on Need for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

December 21, 2019

The 2020 Federal Appropriations Bills, which the President is expected to sign today, include vital language directing the U.S. Coast Guard to stand up a major acquisition program office to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds Congress and President Trump on this significant, formal step for the acquisition of…

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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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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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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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New Report Highlights Restoration of the Great Lakes

August 26, 2019

Industrial pollution once plagued the Great Lakes. But over the past 35 years, both the United States and Canada have collaborated to clean up and restore the lakes and their shorelines. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird came to Buffalo to see first-hand what industrial pollution was doing to Lake Erie.…

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Whitmer: Great Lakes need federal money

August 10, 2019

Five governors want presidential candidates to pledge support GLEN ARBOR — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discussed her six-point presidential agenda for the Great Lakes in a tour across northern Lower Michigan. The Michigan governor on Thursday detailed a strategic plan which a group of Great Lakes governors want all 2020 presidential candidates to embrace. She told…

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Duluth’s new boat helps fight fires from Lake Superior

June 19, 2019

Duluth vessel equipped for fire, medical, environmental response   The distress calls coming from the world’s largest freshwater lake in dense fog or the cover of night can be tricky for Duluth-based rescuers who are compelled to respond. But now, with a new night-vision fire and rescue boat equipped to handle the big waves on…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Hands-Free Mooring Technology Fully Operational at all St. Lawrence Seaway Locks

June 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced last week that Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) technology is fully deployed throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  The new technology revolutionizes the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is the most important technological advance since the Seaway’s opening in 1959. “This new technology…

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Duluth’s new boat helps fight fires from Lake Superior

June 9, 2019

The distress calls coming from the world’s largest freshwater lake in dense fog or the cover of night can be tricky for Duluth-based rescuers who are compelled to respond. But now, with a new night-vision fire and rescue boat equipped to handle the big waves on the big lake, Duluth firefighters will be able to…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Hands-Free Mooring Technology Fully Operational at all St. Lawrence Seaway Locks

June 7, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) technology is fully deployed throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The new technology revolutionizes the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is the most important technological advance since the Seaway’s opening in 1959. “This new technology is…

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US Coast Guard’s Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

May 14, 2019

Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record for the ship. The schedule included working 17 buoys, which would break the ship’s previous record of 14.…

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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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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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Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season

March 21, 2019

SLSDC 01-19 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Contact:  Nancy Alcalde Tel.:  (202) 366-0091   Infrastructure Investments Prepare Seaway for New Shipping Season   WASHINGTON – In order to prepare for the 2019 shipping season, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has dedicated the winter shutdown season to investing in critical capital investment projects at…

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Business of Shipping: Soo Locks’ Long-Awaited Upgrade

February 6, 2019

After 30-years, the long wait finally is over. In a move that largely flew under the industry’s radar, Washington recently committed to help fund the expansion/renovation of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a vital link in the nation’s supply chain. The original push for this Soo Locks upgrade dates back to 1986. The Water Resources…

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