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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‘A new Soo Lock’: Gateway to Lake Superior gets $75 million in funding

December 26, 2019

If additional funding is approved on time, the $922 million project could be completed by 2027. The gateway to Lake Superior is getting its long-awaited upgrade, Great Lakes shippers say, now that $75 million for a new shipping lock at the eastern edge of the big lake has been approved. “We can now definitively say…

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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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Spending bill would boost funding for Great Lakes cleanup

December 18, 2019

A wide-ranging cleanup of the Great Lakes would receive a funding boost under a spending bill moving toward enactment in Congress. The measure, approved Tuesday by the House, includes $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The bill was sent to the Senate for a vote expected later this week. The initiative received $475…

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U.S. House Approves Funding for New Soo Lock

December 18, 2019

Plans to build a new Soo lock just took another step forward. The U.S. House approved funding for its construction Tuesday afternoon. It’s part of a more than $1 trillion year-end government appropriations bill that will fund the federal government through the end of next September. The Soo Locks will get more than $75 million…

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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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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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St. Lawrence Seaway shipping boosted by diverse cargo mix

October 30, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include: Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke —…

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Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

October 18, 2019

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a June 6 announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) called HFM the most important technological advance on the Seaway…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Boosted by Diverse Cargo Mix in September, Heading into Peak Season

October 16, 2019

The St. Lawrence Seaway today announced a 7.3% increase in year-to-date dry bulk cargo shipments, despite an overall 6.1% decrease in Seaway-wide total tonnage compared to this time last year. The top-performing cargos through September 2019 include:  Salt — 2,247,000 metric tons; 14.9% increase Cement & Clinkers — 1,394,000 metric tons; 2.2% increase Coke — 929,000 metric tons;…

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U.S. Great Lakes ports report busy August

September 17, 2019

U.S. Great Lakes ports reported a busy August shipping construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components. Despite these areas of strength, cargo volumes via the bi-national St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to August 31) at 20.9 million metric tons were down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2018. “Great Lakes…

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Big Changes on Horizon for Soo Locks

September 5, 2019

DULUTH, MN – “The impact of the Soo Locks is felt nationwide,” Congressman, Pete Stauber says. That statement was the theme of today’s press conference where future improvement plans for the locks were announced. It’s not unusual for more than seventy thousand tons of iron ore to be carried on a vessel using the locks.…

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US Maritime Administration Grants Port of Oswego Authority a Marine Highway Project Designation

August 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration August 9 announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods. “The…

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