Michigan

A New Navigation Lock for the Upper Great Lakes

June 4, 2018

  By Harry Valentine U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced his support to build a new navigation lock between Lakes Superior and Huron, presently the location of a largest navigation lock between the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Any malfunction of the lock could halt ship transportation between these two lakes and inflict a…

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Protecting the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway

May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. (MAY 10, 2018) – The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system is the longest deep-draft waterway in the world, and this year marks its 60th shipping season. This marine highway is home to some of North America’s most important ports that promote trade and commerce for the Great Lakes region and America’s…

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SLSDC Announces Port Winners of 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season. The six ports earning the Pacesetter Award…

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Damaged Ship Gets Emergency Repair In Monroe

April 12, 2018

The M/V Mississagi sought safe harbor in Monroe March 29, making it the first ship to dock at the port this season. The first ship to call upon the Port of Monroe for this shipping season wasn’t a planned arrival. The M/V Mississagi arrived March 29 in need of a place to make repairs, said…

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A New Year with New Opportunities Across the Great Lakes

April 2, 2018

In past Seaway Compass columns, I have highlighted the importance and significance of the ongoing enhancements to the U.S. and Canadian Seaway locks under our respective asset renewal programs. Yet, the Seaway is not the only organization in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLS) making significant investments in new opportunities for 2018…

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet Needs of Commerce

March 29, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on March 25. Last year U.S.-flag lakers hauled 85.7 million tons of cargo, an increase of…

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Hands-Free Mooring For St. Lawrence and Great Lakes

March 27, 2018

In what is being hailed as the greatest positive development for St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes-shipping in more than a half-century, a soon-to-be-completed hands-free mooring program will open access to 10 times as many vessels while delivering impressive time, money and safety benefits. From port executives and Seaway marketers to carrier operations managers and…

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US Coast Guard Cutters Clear Ice Around Soo Locks in Preparation for Opening

March 27, 2018

There’s a lot of work to be done on the water before the Soo Locks are expected to open. We joined the Coast Guard Wednesday as they began breaking up ice along the Saint Marys River. The locks are set to open Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard cutters, along with help from their Canadian counterparts are…

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Potential for a Large Cruise Ship on the Upper Great Lakes

March 8, 2018

While the ocean going cruise ship industry has undergone spectacular growth in recent years, the inland waterway cruise industry has undergone steady but less spectacular growth. The cruise vessels that sail the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes are comparatively small compared to ocean going cruise ships. However, there are prospects to develop a much…

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Opening of the 2018 Navigation Season and Maximum Allowable Drafts

March 1, 2018

The opening of the 2018 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: • Welland Canal: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) • Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 29, 2018 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in…

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See Michigan’s Soo Locks Drained of All Its Water

February 19, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Winter maintenance season at the Soo Locks offers an entirely different perspective of the hulking transportation system that is the engineering linchpin of Great Lakes shipping. The locks began its three-month seasonal shutdown on Jan. 15 so crews could address some major repair projects, regular inspections and maintenance. The U.S. Army…

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Museum Offers Chance to Win 5-day Cruise on Great Lakes Freighter

February 19, 2018

MACKINAW CITY, MI – A Michigan maritime museum is offering two people the trip of a lifetime; a five-day cruise aboard a Great Lakes freighter. Through a random drawing hosted by the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, one lucky winner and his/her guest will have the opportunity to travel aboard one of the vessels in Central…

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A Ship Without a Captain: Michigan Working to Bring Autonomous Vessels to Great Lakes

February 16, 2018

Autonomous vehicles are making their way towards the highways and streets of America, and between the automakers and the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, Michigan is playing a big role in developing the technology for autonomous vehicles. Since Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, what about autonomous vessels on the lakes? Michael Beaulac of…

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Tonnage Down, Cargo Diversity Up, At Port of Monroe

February 13, 2018

DTE Energy’s shift to transporting more coal by rail is among contributing factors for 2017′s shipping statistics. On its surface, it might appear to the untrained eye the Port of Monroe had a down year in 2017. Port Director Paul C. LaMarre III said while the annual cargo tonnage is down, it is not the…

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Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers United for Growth

October 30, 2017

Following the Capitol Day in Lansing, Michigan where Great Lakes Seaway Partnership members met with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Governor attended the 2017 Leadership Summit in Windsor, Ontario on October 20, 2017 for the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. Together they united to propel the region’s growth and announced a…

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