Michigan

Traverse City Seeking Cruise Ships After Port Certification

August 26, 2019

Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger-carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity…

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Officials meet to go over Soo Locks upgrade project

August 25, 2019

Approximately 90 percent of the iron ore used for U.S. manufacturing makes its way through the Soo Locks. A shutdown at the locks would devastate the U.S. economy. Friday, a congressional delegation along with the army checked on the plan to build a new lock The upgrade to the Soo Locks involves duplicating the 1,200-foot-long…

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$75M for Soo Locks nears finish line

August 24, 2019

Michigan lawmakers say they are confident the federal government will move ahead with a $75 million spending plan for the Soo Locks modernization project despite uncertainty over whether Congress will complete budgets by the end of the fiscal year. “These end of September negotiations can be complicated, but we cannot have a shutdown,” U.S. Rep. John…

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Port of Monroe earns award for cargo work

August 22, 2019

The Port of Monroe received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The Port of Monroe has once again been honored for its work with handling international cargo. The local port received a Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which is awarded by the St. Lawrence Seaway…

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Barker, Undaunted/Pere Marquette visit Port

August 22, 2019

From Grand Haven Tribune: Grand Haven received two cargoes this past week. On Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, Interlake Steamship Company’s self-unloading motor vessel Kaye E. Barker arrived in port with a load of stone for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. By the early afternoon, the Barker was backing out of port and heading for her…

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Port of Monroe Receives Fourth 2018 Seaway ‘Pacesetter Award’

August 20, 2019

Port of Monroe was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an increase in…

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Whitmer: Great Lakes need federal money

August 10, 2019

Five governors want presidential candidates to pledge support GLEN ARBOR — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discussed her six-point presidential agenda for the Great Lakes in a tour across northern Lower Michigan. The Michigan governor on Thursday detailed a strategic plan which a group of Great Lakes governors want all 2020 presidential candidates to embrace. She told…

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Port of Muskegon Receives First Seaway Pacesetter Award

June 26, 2019

Port of Muskegon accepted their first Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. In conjunction with Port Milwaukee visiting the Port of Muskegon, Rebecca Yackley, International Trade Specialist at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), presented the award to Chuck Canestraight, President of Port City Marine Services, a Sand Products…

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Funding for Soo Locks included in new legislation

June 21, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers. The money will go towards building a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. President Trump made the request when he released his annual budget proposal in March. The funding is included in larger…

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National Maritime Day celebrated in Duluth

June 17, 2019

The Twin Ports maritime industry celebrated National Maritime Day Wednesday with a lunchtime event at the Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth. Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association was the keynote speaker. The date of May 22 was chosen for an annual maritime celebration to mark the date of…

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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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Port of Duluth-Superior receives award for shipping season tonnage increase

May 29, 2019

  The Duluth-Superior Port has received an award for seeing an increase in international cargo tonnage increase during the 2018 shipping season. The Pacesetter award, which is given by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, was presented to port officials Wednesday. Officials say the Duluth-Superior port saw an 11.5% increase of international cargo shipments,…

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The Victory I cruise ship arrived in Muskegon Thursday, May 23.

May 29, 2019

May 23 marked the start of cruise ship season on the Great Lakes with the first of the ships arriving in Muskegon. The Victory I cruise ship arrived in Muskegon around 7 a.m. on Thursday May, 23. The 300-ft. ship docked at Heritage Landing and departed around 6 p.m. This is the fourth year that…

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LaMarre Named to Federal Maritime Panel

May 17, 2019

    Port of Monroe Director Paul C. LaMarre III has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee.   The two-year appointment was made by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last month. The panel provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the U. S. maritime transportation and…

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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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