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Port Milwaukee Seaway Cargo Volume Grows in 2018

February 28, 2019

Port Milwaukee posted significant gains in cargo movement through the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2018, an indication that international trade disputes have not, as yet, had a major impact on the amount of overseas cargo moving through the port. Port Director Adam Schlicht presented the 2018 cargo report to the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday.  In…

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Spending Bill Passes with $293 million for Port Infrastructure

February 22, 2019

The agreement also includes $36 million for U.S. Seaway management and programs The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association: (WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill finalizing spending for FY 2019 — four and a half months…

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Victory Cruise Lines Summer 2019 Season: Great Lakes and French Canada

February 22, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing…

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A Big Slice of a Really Big Pie

February 18, 2019

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system is not only one of the most beautiful regions in the world, it’s also a vital natural resource that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Even though Indiana only has just 45 miles of Lake Michigan’s 1,638 total miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes…

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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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Tune-up time for US-flag Great Lakes fleet

February 4, 2019

Lakers are undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and upgrades (CLEVELAND) — After moving nearly 84 million tons of cargo in 2018, U.S.-flag lakers are now undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and modernization at Great Lakes shipyards. The work ranges from engine overhauls to installation of state-of-the-art radars and other navigation equipment.…

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Victory Cruise Lines Shows Off Summer 2019 Program

February 4, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines has announced its first two itineraries since being bought by American Queen Steamboat Company as the sailings on the 202-guest Victory I and Victory II feature all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes, according to a press release. Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a…

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Port of Duluth-Superior has best shipping season in five years

February 1, 2019

Resurgence in taconite industry led to a big jump in the 2018 shipping season. The Port of Duluth-Superior finished the 2018 shipping season with the best iron ore shipments in five years, signaling a solid recovery for the recently ailing taconite industry. Total port shipments grew 7 percent from 2017 to 35.9 million tons of…

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Shipping Port of Duluth-Superior Up in 2018

February 1, 2019

  Shipments moved through the Port of Duluth-Superior were up for 2018. The port handled over 35.9 million short tons of cargo in 2018, up slightly from the 35.3 million tons moved in 2017, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. But it was an even stronger year for shipments of iron ore, which were…

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664-foot freighter is last one through as Michigan’s Soo Locks close for winter

January 21, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – In the final days of the winter shipping season on the Upper Great Lakes, there’s always a little bit of steel horse jockeying as freighter fans speculate about which laker will be the last to go through the Soo Locks before they close for their annual scheduled maintenance. Late Tuesday,…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new Director of Government & Environmental Affairs

January 17, 2019

Duluth, Minn. USA (01/11/19) – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes aboard a new Director of Government and Environmental Affairs next week as Jeff Stollenwerk joins the leadership team effective January 16. Stollenwerk, an experienced water quality professional, brings over 28 years of environmental and legislative expertise to the position, including development and implementation of…

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Great Lakes steel production rises by 12,000 tons

January 17, 2019

Great Lakes steel production rose to 731,000 tons last week, an increase of 1.66 percent from the previous week.   Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 719,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced…

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The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years

January 17, 2019

The Best Year for Seaway Shipping in Over 10 Years 40.9 Million Tons of Cargo Moved; Exceptional Season for Grain, Dry Bulk & Liquid Bulk Shipments Washington, DC (January 17, 2019) – The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, recently completed its best year for…

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Great Lakes freighter crews share favorite photos, videos

January 15, 2019

                                    There’s no denying our Great Lakes Region is full of freighter fans. Whether it’s a 1,000-footer heading into Michigan’s Soo Locks or a sleek tugboat lending a hand to one of its bulkier siblings, people across our…

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Senator’s View: As Duluth Moves Forward in 2019, I’ll Be a Partner

January 15, 2019

As 2019 approaches, one thing is clear: Duluth is on the move. With record low unemployment and more than $1 billion in upgrades coming for local hospitals and transportation infrastructure that will spur jobs and economic development, people in Duluth and across the entire region have reason for optimism. To be sure, Duluth’s progress hasn’t…

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