Sustainability

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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Port of Oswego grabs $15M from state for expansion

November 19, 2019

The Port of Oswego is slated to receive $15 million in state funds to construct a state-of-the-art agricultural export center that would significantly increase the shipping hub’s capacity for grain and provide local farmers with better access to global markets. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $15 million in state funding Monday afternoon, part of the…

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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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Port of Oswego Authority Receives $2.3 million from Lake Ontario REDI

November 8, 2019

  OSWEGO – A very positive outcome for the Port of Oswego at the Lake Ontario REDI project award announcement meeting last week. The Port received $2,310,000 for five projects which will be utilized to stabilize critical infrastructure, retain and increase jobs and create recreational opportunities for the community. Executive Director William W. Scriber said,…

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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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Gary Peters secures Senate approval for $9M Great Lakes funding increase

November 1, 2019

Senate approval of an additional $9 million in funding for Great Lakes cleanup could open the door for larger federal investment in the future. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, led an effort increasing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $310 million through a government appropriations bill passed in the Senate Thursday. Both chambers of…

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New tugboat takes to the Seaway in 2020

September 25, 2019

MASSENA — The Robinson Bay tugboat that has broken ice, hauled and placed buoys along the St. Lawrence Seaway for six decades will soon retire, and a newer, larger and more powerful vessel will take its place. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., which manages the U.S. portion of the international waterway, expects its new…

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Fednav Celebrates its Anniversary with a Special Name

September 4, 2019

At the Oshima Shipyard in Japan, Fednav Limited took delivery today of the Federal Montreal, its newest Great Lakes-suitable handysize vessel. The ceremony was attended by senior management from both Fednav and the shipyard. The Federal Montreal is a 34,500 DWT international ice-class bulk carrier, flagged in the Marshall Islands. Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great…

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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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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect our Waters and Grow our Regional Economy

July 17, 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers gathered today for their 2019 Leadership Summit. The Governors and Premiers announced a series of actions on water, transportation, impact investing, and tourism. “The waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River unite our states and provinces,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Chair…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority ranks high in Green Marine

July 17, 2019

The Duluth port sees all sorts of ships passing in and out of the harbor. Often times, these ships are carrying massive, industrial loads of equipment or commodities; things you’d expect to leave a measurable trail of waste. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is aiming to ensure the harbor stays green. The Port Authority runs…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority ranks high in Green Marine

July 17, 2019

The Duluth port sees all sorts of ships passing in and out of the harbor. Often times, these ships are carrying massive, industrial loads of equipment or commodities; things you’d expect to leave a measurable trail of waste. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is aiming to ensure the harbor stays green. The Port Authority runs…

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Curran stockpiling 10,000 tons of wood pellets in Ogdensburg for overseas shipment

July 3, 2019

Curran Renewable Energy of Massena is stockpiling 10,000 metric tons of wood pellets at the Port of Ogdensburg for an overseas shipment in late July. The pellets will be shipped to Denmark for burning in a biomass plant there, according to a press release from the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. Read the full story…

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