Michigan

Muskegon Cruise Ship Stops To Double, With Some Days Two In Port At Once

March 5, 2020

Cruise ships will stop in Muskegon 35 times in 2020 from May to October. MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Three cruise ship operators have finalized 2020 itineraries for cruises on the Great Lakes, resulting in 35 stops in the port city of Muskegon. That’s twice as many stops as in 2019. In 2021 the number of…

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Peters Discusses Michigan Security Priorities with Homeland Security Secretary

March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss Michigan’s top homeland security needs. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: “As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I’m working to…

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Expanding the Ports of Indiana Commission

February 27, 2020

Governor Holcomb Appoints Micah Vincent and David Fagan to Ports of Indiana Commission Source: AJOT Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has appointed Micah Vincent and David Fagan to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Vincent serves as Vice President of Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group. Fagan is the financial secretary of the International Union…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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Soo Locks Empties its Largest Lock, See Inside

February 1, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – After the last big freighter of the season went through the Soo Locks earlier this month, a busy window of winter maintenance kicked into high gear for this engineering marvel that moves ships and cargo between Lake Superior and the lower Lake Huron. The first step: “Dewatering” the Poe Lock,…

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New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020

January 31, 2020

Phase One of New Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring of 2020 Source: UpNorthLive The first phase of construction on the New Lock at the Soo has been awarded to a company in Nevada. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, the much-anticipated mega-project will be done in three phases. Trade West…

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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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Yards Start $97 Million Winter Work on Great Lakes Fleet

January 23, 2020

The Lakes Carriers Association says that more than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. “After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest…

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Great Lakes Freighters Undergo $97 million in Work this Winter

January 23, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships…

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Great Lakes freighters undergo $97 million in work this winter

January 23, 2020

  U.S. shipping companies are spending $97 million this winter to maintain and modernize lakers at shipyards throughout the Great Lakes. Each ship hauls cargo more than 70,000 miles during the 10-month season, according to the Lake Carriers Association. The Soo locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior closed this month. Now ships and crews…

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Viking Goes Big and Bold in the Great Lakes

January 22, 2020

Viking optimized its expedition newbuild design for the Saint Lawrence Seaway and will be fielding the largest cruise ship by far in the Great Lakes. ‘This new cruising area, the Great Lakes, should be very interesting,’ Viking Founder and Chairman Torstein Hagen said, calling it an ‘underserved market … that we thought deserved better tonnage.’…

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Cruise Ship to Visit Traverse City Eight Times in 2022

January 22, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — A 378-passenger cruise ship now being built in Norway is scheduled to stop at Traverse City eight times in 2022. The 665-foot-long Viking Octantis will make its maiden voyage in January 2022, according to the Viking cruise line. The ship will visit both the Great Lakes and Antarctica at different times of…

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Lake Carriers’ Association President Hopeful New Soo Lock Project Could be ‘Efficiently Funded’

January 21, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) – The president of the Lake Carriers’ Association is hoping to keep funding for the new Soo Lock on the fast track. President Jim Weakley says he’s been working towards getting a new lock for about 15 years. He says the new lock is needed to provide a back up in…

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Port of Monroe to buy crane with $1.1 million grant

January 10, 2020

  Federal grant money has been awarded to fund equipment upgrades and training geared toward attracting more cargo to the Port of Monroe. The U. S. Department of Transportation’s America’s Marine Highway Projects Program announced Tuesday the local port will receive $1.1 million. Paul LaMarre III, port director, said the funds will be used to…

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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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