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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St. Lawrence Seaway traffic keeps pace with five-year average

December 19, 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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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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Indiana Dunes Tourism considers bringing cruise ships to port in Burns Harbor: ‘The number of cruise ships on the Great Lakes is increasing’

September 29, 2019

Stephen Burnett likens the process of bringing cruise ships to dock at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to birthing an elephant. The process takes 18 to 36 months and includes creating a “shopping list” of things for visitors to see during excursions once they get off the ship, Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, said.…

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Major Developments Taking Place at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

August 26, 2019

From Dry Cargo International The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Ideally situated on two major North American freight transportation arteries — the Great Lakes and the Inland Waterway System — the state’s three-port system serves the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural…

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Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes Roll through Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for First Time in History

July 15, 2019

PORTAGE, Ind. – For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago. Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span…

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Ports of Indiana Receives Green Marine Environmental Certification for All Ports, the First Network on Inland Waterway System

June 17, 2019

  The Ports of Indiana has received the coveted Green Marine certification for all three of its port locations for its commitment to advance environmental sustainability initiatives. It is the first state-wide port authority to achieve such distinction. Green Marine is a voluntary initiative to improve environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance in key areas such…

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U.S. Wind Energy and Construction Supported by Great Lakes Seaway Shipping with Large Increases in Project Cargo During May

June 14, 2019

  The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, reported overall gains in project cargo, agriculture and iron ore. These notable increases, specifically in project cargo, indicate that shippers view the Great Lakes Seaway system as way to ship to America’s heartland faster and more efficiently.…

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Huizenga, others call for Great Lakes mapping update

May 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, was among the congressmen and women reintroducing legislation that would update the ecological mapping of the Great Lakes. On Tuesday, May 7, several congressional leaders introduced legislation that called for the remapping of the Great Lakes environmental sensitivity index, or ESI. ESI is used to map information about coastal shoreline…

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Former Ports of Indiana CEO awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

May 10, 2019

  The Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc., (IRPT) has presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Rich Cooper, former CEO of the Ports of Indiana. IRPT, of which the Ports of Indiana is a long-time member, is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. It promotes the use of…

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Receives 2019 Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award

May 7, 2019

  The Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air (PCA) has selected the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to receive the 2019 PCA Industrial Award. This award is in recognition of the voluntary actions taken in 2018 to improve air quality in Northwest Indiana. PCA’s award system has four categories: Municipal, Industrial, Business, and Bicycle. According to…

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Port CEO expects $20 million Burns Harbor expansion to start this year

April 29, 2019

  Work is expected to begin this year on creating one of two new railyards at the Burns Harbor port, one segment of a $20 million expansion project there, the chief executive officer of the Ports of Indiana said Thursday. “It’s No. 1 on our to-do list. We’re close to going out for bids for…

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Icebreaking begins as St. Lawrence Seaway readies for start of 2019 season

March 20, 2019

OGDENSBURG — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels have reportedly begun breaking ice along parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system in anticipation of the start of the 2019 shipping season this week. In the first official shipping notice of the season issued by Seaway officials, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.…

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Army Corps announces $75.3 million for second lock at Soo Locks

March 20, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposal that included $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. The announcement was made on March 12 as the department proposed its 2020 fiscal budget. “This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great…

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Great Lakes shipping industry united on Soo Locks as priority

March 20, 2019

Federal funding is the No. 1 priority as port executives look to better connect to communities Great Lakes shipping industry leaders are united on their priorities heading into the 2019 season with securing funding for the Soo Locks at the top of the agenda. The locks, the connector between Lake Superior and the lower Great…

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