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First New Great Lakes Freighter in 36 Years to be Built Near Lake Michigan

May 14, 2019

    A new 639-foot freighter is being built over the next three years at a sprawling shipyard at the edge of Lake Michigan. Constructed for Interlake Steamship Company, the new self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first U.S. flagged freighter being built for the Great Lakes since 1983, the company announced this…

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Cruising the Great Lakes: More ships, more passengers, more stops in Cleveland

May 13, 2019

  To people who grew up near the Great Lakes, these bodies of water are no big deal. But to the rest of the world, they are extraordinary spaces that invite exploration, says Chris Conlin, president of Great Lakes Cruise Co., a Michigan travel agency that specializes in lake cruises. Great Lakes cruising has experienced a…

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Icebreaker Wind Collaborating on Initiatives to Benefit Great Lakes

April 25, 2019

    The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), developer of the Icebreaker Wind project offshore Cleveland, has teamed up with the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan. The partners plan to work together on projects of mutual interest. This includes the sharing of scientific data, access to offshore…

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The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Partner to Build First Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly Four Decades

April 11, 2019

STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN, April 9, 2019: A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S.…

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Bay Shipbuilding to build Great Lakes bulk carrier

April 9, 2019

  A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years. The Interlake Steamship Company recently awarded a contract to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a new River-class, self-unloading bulk carrier. It is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.…

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Middlebrook: The Seaway at 60 – more vital than ever

April 8, 2019

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the bi-national waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the heartland of America. How fitting that in this anniversary year, we can talk about the bright future of the Great Lakes Seaway System – North America’s “Fourth Sea…

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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Announces Port Winners of 2018 Season “Pacesetter Award”

April 8, 2019

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that eight 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 2018 navigation season. “The strong performance in 2018 of these St.…

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Port of Cleveland’s new operator could pump up volume

March 27, 2019

By: Jay Miller   The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will start the upcoming shipping season with a new general cargo handler. Montreal-based Logistec Corp. will become exclusive marine terminal operator as of April 1. Port Authority officials believe Logistec will help expand the Port of Cleveland’s cargo handling operations. Since 2017, Logistec has operated the 45-acre Cleveland Bulk Terminal…

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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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Spending Bill Passes with $293 million for Port Infrastructure

February 22, 2019

The agreement also includes $36 million for U.S. Seaway management and programs The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association: (WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill finalizing spending for FY 2019 — four and a half months…

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Victory Cruise Lines Summer 2019 Season: Great Lakes and French Canada

February 22, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing…

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Tune-up time for US-flag Great Lakes fleet

February 4, 2019

Lakers are undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and upgrades (CLEVELAND) — After moving nearly 84 million tons of cargo in 2018, U.S.-flag lakers are now undergoing more than $70 million in maintenance and modernization at Great Lakes shipyards. The work ranges from engine overhauls to installation of state-of-the-art radars and other navigation equipment.…

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Victory Cruise Lines Shows Off Summer 2019 Program

February 4, 2019

Victory Cruise Lines has announced its first two itineraries since being bought by American Queen Steamboat Company as the sailings on the 202-guest Victory I and Victory II feature all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes, according to a press release. Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a…

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