Great Lakes Leaders Unite During Michigan State Capitol Day

Capitol Building, Lansing Michigan

Leaders of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System visited the State of Michigan capitol in Lansing, Michigan on October 3, 2017 to meet with government officials  promote The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership, a joint public affairs initiative to improve the understanding of benefits inherent in marine transportation in the Great Lakes region. Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership in attendance included:

  • Mark Barker, President of The Interlake Steamship Company
  • Mark Pietrocarlo, Vice President of American Steamship Company
  • Josh Juel, Manager of Great Lakes Fleet
  • Paul Pathy, CEO of Fednav Limited
  • Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • Paul LaMarre, Director of the Port of Monroe
  • Kyle Burleson, Acting Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
  • Ben Cross, Chair of the Muskegon Port Advisory Committee


The day-long session included a joint hearing of the House Committee on Commerce and Trade and the Senate Committee on Commerce. During the hearing, industry representatives testified in support of a new Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, harmonized ballast water regulations and state assistance for port development. Industry representatives also met with Heidi Grether, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and Kirk Strudel, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. Numerous state legislators joined the delegation for a luncheon, after which industry leaders met with Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Michigan event was the fourth state “Capitol Day” sponsored by the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership. Previous events were held in Indianpolis, Indiana, Madison, Wisconsin and Coumbus, Ohio.