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Enhancing Historic Lake Michigan Docking Facilities

(Photo: Foth)

A federal FASTLANE grant has been approved for S.S. Badger Ports & Harbor project impacting Manitowoc, Wis. and Ludington, Mich. A primer on how things get done.   This is a story about two communities on the shores of Lake Michigan and the unique car ferry that connects them. The SS Badger provides

Ports of Indiana: Building on Success

(Photo: Ports of Indiana)

The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority, established in 1963, which operates three ports: two on the Ohio River, one on Lake Michigan. Port officials refer to the three as “America’s Premier Inland Port System.” They cite location, location, location, providing access via two critical freight

Ports of Indiana on a Four-year Growth Run

Port Indiana Burns Harbor (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization's 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana handled over 10 million tons of cargo, the only four years this has been accomplished.

Rand Logistics Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Rand Logistics Inc, one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday after agreeing to a debt-for-equity swap with lender Lightship Capital LLC. Rand, with $236 million of debt, said in November it would file for bankruptcy as

Canada Ramps up Its Fight against Great Lakes’ Asian Carp

Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces new funding for the fight against Asian carps. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada’s government has committed up to $20 million over five years, and ongoing, for Asian carp prevention efforts in the Great Lakes.   Asian carps are among the top aquatic invasive species being monitored for their potential establishment in the Great Lakes. Already established in the Mississippi River basin in the U.

Erie Hack: The Start to the Smart Lake

Erie Hack was a $100,000 innovation challenge that activated more than 200 techies, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and environmentalists from six cities around in the U.S. and Canada to tackle Lake Erie’s key challenges with creative tech solutions. (© Gerald Bernard / Adobe Stock)

Innovation has long been a part of life and work on the Great Lakes. The unique water resources of this region set the stage for technological advancement and continue to drive one of America’s most dynamic regional economies. Despite their essential role in our commerce, industry and entrepreneurship,

US-flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Mln Winter Tune-up

(File photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend $65 million maintaining and modernizing their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter. When complete, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce come the spring break-out in March.   “Winter is the one opportunity our members have to renew and upgrade their vessels,” said James H.

Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard to Hire 100

(Photo: The Great Lakes Group)

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have announced plans to hire 100 employees before the end of January 2018 to support continued growth driven by client demand.   The company said it is seeking candidates to fill a wide range of positions, including shipyard welders, shipfitters and more.

Bulker Refloated in St. Lawrence Seaway

 A 623-foot bulk carrier was refloated in the St. Lawrence Seaway Saturday after running aground near Wellesley Island, N.Y. last Wednesday.   The Antigua Barbuda flagged vessel Pacific Huron was refloated under the direction of the Donjon-Smit salvage master, two Canadian tugs, the Evans Mckeil and the Ocean A.

Algoma Purchases Four U.S. Flag 'Lakers'

The Adam E Cornelius, one of four ASC vessels involved in a sale to Algoma. CREDIT: ASC

Algoma Central Corporation, a provider of marine transportation services, today announced it has reached an agreement with American Steamship Company to acquire four vessels.      The Company has acquired the M.V. Buffalo, the M.V. Adam E. Cornelius, the S.S. American Valor and the S.S. American Victory.

USCG Begins Icebreaking in the Western Great Lakes

The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy icebreaker, breaks ice near Marine City, Mich., along the St. Clair River, Jan. 28, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Daniel R. Michelson)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie has commenced icebreaking Operation Taconite in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region.   U.S. Coast

Port of Québec Proposes New Box Terminal

(Photo: Port Québec)

The Québec Port Authority (QPA) announced plans to build a new $400 million container terminal as the port seeks to offer a competitive alternative in the St. Lawrence–Great Lakes market.   In a speech to the Québec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, port president and CEO Mario Girard noted that

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up in November

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Frequent weather delays hampered the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes in November, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), who said shipments totaled 5.7 million tons, an increase of just 60,000 tons compared to a year ago. Loadings did fare better when compared to the month’s five-year average, increasing by 260,000 tons, or 4.

US' Largest Hopper Dredger Delivered

Ellis Island (Photo: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation)

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has taken delivery of the newly built ATB hopper dredge Ellis Island and tug Douglas B. Mackie following completion of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) regulatory sea trials. The Jones Act dual mode articulated tug/barge (ATB) trailing

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