USCG: Bulker’s cracked hull likely not from hitting obstruction

USCG: Bulker’s cracked hull likely not from hitting obstruction

(THUNDER BAY, Ontario) — The Great Lakes bulk carrier that took on water  in Lake Superior last weekend sustained a 13-foot crack in its steel hull, but the incident likely didn't result from striking an underwater obstruction as originally thought, The Detroit News reported. The bulker Michipicoten was en route from Two Harbors, Minn., to Thunder Bay on Saturday when…
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Bulker takes on water after hitting underwater object

Bulker takes on water after hitting underwater object

(SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) — U.S. and Canadian officials are investigating after a bulk carrier struck an underwater object and began taking on water in Lake Superior, CNN and the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The service responded after crew on the 689-foot Michipicoten reported at 6:53 a.m. Saturday that the ship was experiencing flooding as it traveled southwest of Isle…
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Great Lakes limestone trade up sharply in May

Great Lakes limestone trade up sharply in May

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in May, an increase of 33.9 percent compared to a year ago. May’s loadings were also above the month’s five-year average by 6 percent. Loadings from U.S. quarries increased 42.2 percent compared to 2023 to 3.2 million tons. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 734,489 tons, an increase…
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Great Lakes shippers praise U.S. inquiry into Canadian rule

Great Lakes shippers praise U.S. inquiry into Canadian rule

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has opened an investigation into a Canadian shipping regulation as a potential unfair trade practice. The FMC noted, “Based on available information, it appears that conditions created by the government of Canada in connection with regulation of ballast water management systems may adversely affect the operation of United States carriers in the…
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Great Lakes group honors Sen. Stabenow for maritime efforts

Great Lakes group honors Sen. Stabenow for maritime efforts

(WASHINGTON) — The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) on Wednesday recognized the significant contributions U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has made throughout her congressional career protecting the Great Lakes Navigation System and supporting American jobs with investment in U.S.-flagged Great Lakes shipping. Stabenow, who co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, has been the driving force behind the…
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Iron ore shipments surge on Great Lakes in March

Iron ore shipments surge on Great Lakes in March

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 1.6 million tons in March, an increase of 25.5 percent compared to 2023. Loadings also topped the month’s five-year average by 47.5 percent. Year to date, the iron ore trade stands at 4.4 million tons, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago. Iron ore shipments are…
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Canadian school uses virtual reality to promote maritime careers

Canadian school uses virtual reality to promote maritime careers

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — Ocean School, a groundbreaking collaboration between Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute and the National Film Board of Canada, has unveiled "Shipping on the Seaway," an educational experience designed to ignite curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of maritime transportation among youth ages 11 to 17. With 43 percent of the marine workforce expected to retire in…
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Great Lakes bulker suffers second fire in less than a year

Great Lakes bulker suffers second fire in less than a year

(ASHTABULA, Ohio) — A fire broke out Friday aboard the 81-year-old bulk carrier Cuyahoga, one of the oldest cargo vessels transiting the Great Lakes, while the ship was docked along Lake Erie. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that the captain and crew of the vessel were not injured. According to the Coast Guard, the 664-foot Cuyahoga was undergoing maintenance in…
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Grant equity, icebreakers top Great Lakes ports agenda

Grant equity, icebreakers top Great Lakes ports agenda

(WASHINGTON) — At its winter meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) adopted the following policy agenda for 2024. AGLPA works to promote public policies that enhanced maritime commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System. Distribute of port infrastructure grants equitably The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) is the primary source…
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Congress finalizes funds for key Great Lakes interests

Congress finalizes funds for key Great Lakes interests

(WASHINGTON) — Five months after the beginning of the fiscal year, Congress unveiled its final spending plan for a handful of government agencies Sunday. These include programs of critical importance to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry. How did we get here? As a reminder, the federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30 of…
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