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Cleveland Coast Guard Continue Investigation, Cleanup Operation

Courtesy USCG

  Crews are continuing their response and investigation Saturday for an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased. Late Friday evening, Clean Harbors contractors placed boom at the yacht club basin entrance to keep the substance from spreading further into the lake. The boom held through the night and plans are in place to deploy additional boom further out as a secondary barrier, due to a forecast change in wind direction Saturday. Samples of the released product have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab for analysis. Clean Harbors contractors are using a vacuum truck and trailer on scene for clean up. An incident command post and a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power, was established Saturday morning. Marine Safety Unit Cleveland pollution responders are surveying nearby marinas to ensure they have not been effected, and Coast Guard Air Station Detroit conducted an overflight of the scene Saturday morning. The investigation and clean-up operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available

Ground Broken on New Shipyard

As part of its continuing plans for diversification and expansion The Great Lakes Towing Company, a 106-year old tug company, now a multi-faceted marine transportation and ship and boat repair business, will construct a new $3,500,000 headquarters building and state-of-the-art shipyard complex on its present 6-acre deep waterfront property in the Old River Channel of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at the foot of West 45th Street on Division Avenue

Kvaerner To Sell Cleveland Bridge Unit

Kvaerner ASA will reportedly sell its Cleveland Bridge construction unit to the current leaders of the unit, a move that represents a probable accounting loss, but one within provisions made in the first quarter of 1999, when Kvaerner began a sweeping restructuring. Kvaerner has reportedly signed a letter of intent with the leadership of Cleveland Bridge to sell them the unit with financial backing from Bank of Scotland. A final agreement is expected to be ready by the end of the year

Cleveland Waterways Management Conference

The US Coast Guard stated that it and the Great Lakes Regional Waterways Management Forum will sponsor a waterways management conference in Cleveland on September 27 and 28. The first day of the conference will focus on ballast water management. The second day will be devoted to developing navigation technology. Source: HK Law

New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service

Photo courtesy of US Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the Port of Cleveland’s Express Ocean Freight Service.  The new service will run between the Port of Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and is the first regularly scheduled international cargo shipping service to a U.S. port on the Great Lakes in decades.    

Port of Cleveland Europe Express Service Benefits AT&F

Photo: Port of Cleveland/Dan Morgan

Large scale welding & fabrication firm, AT&F, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, says that the new Port of Cleveland to Antwerp service is a welcome addition to the service lines for AT&F’s European customers. Service direct from Cleveland is four days faster than from U.S. East Coast ports, and at a lower cost. “This regular service coincides with AT&F’s export strategy to deliver around the world the large scale products and components for heavy industrial

Eye on the Fleet – LCS Freedom


On Nov. 13, the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sailed toward the Cleveland Municipal Pier for a scheduled port visiting Cleveland, Ohio. Freedom will make other port calls as the ship continues to Naval Amphibious Bass Little Creek, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Specialist Kenneth R. Hendrix. (Source: Navy News Service)

Pedestal Crane Barge for New York Power Authority


When the wicked winter weather begins to blow off Lake Erie, a shipbuilder and a crane company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be glad they cooperatively commissioned and built a barge-mounted pedestal crane for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Operations in Buffalo, N.Y., to help reduce potential damage to hydroelectric power plants caused by Lake Erie’s inevitable ice. Building the Pedestal Crane Barge

Two Million Pound Machine Bound for Germany

On October 17, the Port of Cleveland exported a two million pound machine manufactured by an Ohio company to Bremen, Germany for use in ArcelorMittal’s plant there. Butech Bliss, a 150-year-old company based in Salem, manufactures heavy equipment for the metals processing industry. For over a year, the company’s 230 employees have been working to manufacture the shear for ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producer in the world

Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M and barge Huron Spirit Ryba Marine’s tug Kathy Lynn

USCG Transfer Man, Medevacs Woman in NC

USCG Medevacs Woman in NC

  The Coast Guard transferred a male patient on Saturday from Morehead City, then medevaced an 80-year-old woman from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles south of Cape Lookout. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request Saturday morning to transfer a male patient suffering

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

Vehicle Aboard Charleviox Ferry Catches Fire

A vehicle burns aboard the passenger vessel Charlevoix, a 50-foot, four-car cable ferry, while the vessel is moored in Ironton, Michigan, on Lake Charlevoix Oct. 2, 2015.

  The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix and Boyne City, Michigan, Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Charlevoix ferry Friday afternoon on Lake Charlevoix. All passengers and crew were safely escorted off the vessel with no reported injuries.

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Guatemalan Harbor Tug

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for harbor towing operations in Puerto Quetzal, a commercial cargo, container and cruise port located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in

Carnival Ramping Up in New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream embarks from the Port of New Orleans Erato Street Cruise Terminal. The 130,000-ton ship is the port’s largest year-round cruise ship and sails seven-day itineraries to eastern and western Caribbean destinations. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Carnival on track for record year from Port of New Orleans in 2015; expects to embark 3 millionth passenger post-Katrina next year   New Orleans’ number one cruise operator Carnival Cruise Line continues to expand its presence at the port and expects to carry a record 400

3 Resuced from Sunken Fishing Vessel

Sunken Fishing Vessel

   The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a fishing vessel sinking with two

Historic Steamship Towed to Buffalo for Restoration

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

A 113-year-old “Boblo Boat” SS Columbia is being towed from Toledo, Ohio to Buffalo, N.Y., where the historic vessel will be docked for the next year for restoration.   A towing contract was awarded to The Great Lakes Towing Company from nonprofit organization The SS Columbia

Oil Train Risks Impact U.S. School Kids

Crude Oil moves via rail alongside U.S. inland watewrways (Image: Dagmar Etkin, ERC)

Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains.

Birthplace of Modern Commerical Shipping Turns 300

The worlds first commercial enclosed wet dock at Liverpool

  The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, North-west England is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports.  

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

London Tops Xinhua/Baltic Exchange Index for Maritime Services

Image: Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA)

 London has come top of a listing of maritime service centres published by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency, whilst Singapore heads the overall list for its combined port and maritime services offering.  

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month

Cleveland Reports Persistent Cargo Growth

Photo: Lower Lakes Towing

Buoyed by increasing returns from its creation of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, the Port of Cleveland continued to see record numbers in August, particularly in containerized cargo, the port announced.   While numbers for containers were up 300 percent through June

Carnival to Begin Operations in Alabama

Carnival Fantasy. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Fantasy will begin voyages from the Alabama coast, marking the return of cruise ships to Mobile after a four-year absence.   The first cruise will start from the Mobile Cruise Terminal in autumn 2016

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