Shippers investing $120 million into Great Lakes fleet

Shippers investing $120 million into Great Lakes fleet

(CLEVELAND) — The annual process of maintaining the U.S.-flagged fleet of “lakers” on the Great Lakes began in mid-January after the navigational locks connecting Lake Superior to the lower lakes closed for repairs. U.S. companies will invest more than $120 million into their vessels, bringing skilled labor to shipyards and repair facilities around the Great Lakes states. The state receiving…
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U.S. Great Lakes pilotage costs to rise 7 percent

U.S. Great Lakes pilotage costs to rise 7 percent

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard published a final rule Friday in the Federal Register outlining U.S. Great Lakes pilotage rates for the 2024 shipping season. The new rates seek to generate revenue for each of the three U.S. Great Lakes pilot associations by implementing hourly charges for pilotage services according to geographic area. Pilotage rates are paid by vessel…
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U.S.-flag Great Lakes cargoes up 6.5 percent in 2023

U.S.-flag Great Lakes cargoes up 6.5 percent in 2023

(CLEVELAND) — U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 81.4 million tons of cargo in 2023, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to 2022. The 2023 float was 1.2 percent above the fleet’s five-year average. Iron ore cargoes totaled 42.4 million tons, an increase of 13.4 percent compared to a year earlier. Coal cargoes were down 9.7 percent to 8.4 million…
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AGLPA to hold annual conference in August

AGLPA to hold annual conference in August

(WASHINGTON) — The American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) will hold its 2024 Annual Conference on Aug. 8-9 in Chicago. This event brings together leaders of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry, including seaport managers, terminal operators, shipping company executives, engineering firms, marine contractors, maritime trade associations, academia, local, state and federal government officials, and the many…
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Great Lakes ports cite bias in infrastructure grant program

Great Lakes ports cite bias in infrastructure grant program

(WASHINGTON) — In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last week, the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) called for regional equity in the distribution of Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants. PIDP is the United States' primary federal assistance program for port infrastructure. Funds are distributed annually via a competitive grant process. Recipients are port authorities, or…
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Iron ore cargoes up sharply on Lakes, limestone nearly flat

Iron ore cargoes up sharply on Lakes, limestone nearly flat

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 4.8 million tons in December, an increase of 19.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were just slightly above the five-year average for the month. The year-end total for the iron ore trade stands at 51.1 million tons, an increase of 20.7 percent compared to 2022. Compared to…
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Study details billions invested in Great Lakes-Seaway system

Study details billions invested in Great Lakes-Seaway system

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — A comprehensive independent survey of public and private investment conservatively estimates that $8.4 billion (U.S.) will be spent to enhance marine shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway between 2018 and 2027. Prepared by Martin Associates and titled “Infrastructure Investment Survey of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System,” the survey quantifies ongoing investments…
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United Seamen’s Service honors Barker, Pasha, Vokac

United Seamen’s Service honors Barker, Pasha, Vokac

(NEW YORK) — The United Seamen’s Service (USS) presented its 54th annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Awards on Dec. 1 to Mark Barker, president of Interlake Maritime Services; George Pasha IV, president and CEO of The Pasha Group; and Adam Vokac, district and national president of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA). The traditional silver statuette of Christopher…
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Lakes limestone trade jumps 22.8 percent in November

Lakes limestone trade jumps 22.8 percent in November

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.1 million tons in November, an increase of 22.8 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargoes were 7.3 percent above the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries increased 23.6 percent from 2022 to 2.6 million tons. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 536,912 tons, an increase of 19.2 percent.…
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EPA seeks to revise ballast water discharge requirements

EPA seeks to revise ballast water discharge requirements

(WASHINGTON) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) in the Federal Register, requesting public comment on modifications to the agency's 2020 proposed rule implementing the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). The law seeks to regulate a variety of discharges from commercial vessels, including ballast water discharges. Since the late 1980s, ships' ballast…
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