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Great Lakes Tugs are Unsung Icebreaking Heroes

After one of the five coldest Decembers in recorded history, The Great Lakes Towing Company is finishing up one of its busiest seasons in recent history of icebreaking on the Great Lakes. While the U.S. Coast Guard's role in assisting ships through the ice of the Great Lakes is relatively well-known, few people outside the marine industry realize that U.S. Coast Guard assistance is provided mainly in the federally-maintained navigation channels, and that commercial tugboats with icebreaking capability, and their dedicated crews, assist as many, if not more, ships in harbors throughout the lakes each winter season. During the 2000-2001 winter to date, the tugboats of The Great Lakes Towing Company, an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group, have performed 290 vessels icebreaking assists. These commercial vessel assists ensure that vital commodities, such as iron ore, coal, road salt, and heating oil, among others, reach customers throughout the Midwest. The 2000-2001 winter has proven particularly difficult for shippers due to the early and severe onset of lake ice. Most significantly, the Company's icebreaking tugboats have made the export of American coal to Canada possible from Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio, throughout the winter. For over 100 years, The Great Lakes Towing Company has been the primary provider of commercial harbor icebreaking services on Great Lakes


GLTT to Receive WIRE-Net Mission Builder Award

Image courtesy of Great Lakes Towing & Shipyard

WIRE-Net has selected The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard as one of the four local manufacturing companies to receive this year’s Mission Builder Awards. WIRE-Net is a Cleveland, Ohio company whose mission is to strengthen manufacturing to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth by providing support for manufacturing improvement and human resource management, training and education.


Second Research Vessel at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, will perform repairs, haul out and drydocking, as necessary, to the U.S. Geological Survey Research Vessel Sturgeon under a fleet maintenance contract with the Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. of the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The 105 ft. long Sturgeon was built in 1974 and is home-ported in Cheboygan, Mich. The Sturgeon is the Center's second largest vessel with great geographic range and advanced scientific abilities


Great Lakes Towing Appoints Robert Jones

The Great Lakes Towing Company, a shipyard, marine services, and harbor towing provider based in Cleveland, Ohio, has named Robert Jones as Purchasing Manager.  Jones will oversee the daily purchasing activities for the operation including delivery logistics, inventory management, and project budget controls. Jones has more than 24 years of experience in the marine industry working in purchasing, warehousing, and logistics


Great Lakes Shipyard Begins Workboat Construction

Workboat final profile arrangement.

At Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, OH, the laying of the keel marks the start of construction on a 60-foot work boat for the Port of Milwaukee. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin awarded the contract in June 2011. The vessel is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, WA, the vessel’s capabilities will include general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage and dive operations


Canadian-Flag Vessel to Undergo Repairs at Great Lakes Shipyard

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has awarded a contract for the five-year drydocking of the M/V Pelee Islander to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio. The  Pelee Islander will arrive at Great Lakes Shipyard in early April and will be hauled-out using the Shipyard’s new 700-metric ton Marine Travelift. Work will include hull inspection and painting; propeller, shaft, and rudder inspection; steel work; and other routine maintenance.


Tugz Given Green Light To Enter FL Market

Tugz International L.L.C., an affiliate of the 101-year old The Great Lakes Towing Company, and a member of The Great Lakes Group, announced Tuesday that the Broward County (Florida) Board of County Commissioners, by a 6-3 vote, awarded Tugz a tugboat and towing service franchise for Port Everglades, Florida. This action put an end to the 43-year monopoly on tug service in the port previously held by Seabulk International, Inc., formerly known as Hvide Marine, Inc.


Great Lakes Shipyard Receives Safety Award

Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2009 – 2010 Industry Leader Safety Award from the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association. This is the second time in recent years that the Great Lakes Shipyard was chosen to receive this award because of their outstanding safety performance with no “lost time” accidents. The shipyard’s commitment to safety is not new. The previous outstanding safety award was presented in 2004 - 2005


Goodtime III at Great Lakes Shipyard

Goodtime III

Cleveland’s Goodtime III arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard earlier this month to undergo drydocking and repair work.    The vessel received its five-year year US Coast Guard hull and machinery inspection and had its hull repainted.  Great Lakes Shipyard has performed work on the previous Cleveland-based excursion boats, Goodtime and Goodtime II.  This is the first repair contract that Great Lakes Shipyard has had for Goodtime III.


Companies Partner to Protect the Great Lakes

Photo: GATX

American Steamship Company (ASC), a subsidiary of GATX Corporation, and Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium are working collaboratively in pursuit of their common goal of protecting the Great Lakes, and now they’re taking that message to communities along the shores. One of ASC’s 1,000-foot vessels, the MV Indiana Harbor, is displaying each organization’s logo along with the slogan “Working Together to Keep the Lakes Great


Great Lakes: Less Ice Sees Ore Ships Thrive

Photo: Ben McClain

A relatively mild December on the Great Lakes allowed iron ore shipments to increase dramatically compared to a year ago when an early arriving winter blanketed the system with thick ice, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

Image: USCG

Continued icebreaking operations from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards open maritime lanes for commercial vessels The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are jointly continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic icebreaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St


Great Lakes Coal Falls Short in 2014

Photo: LCA

Despite a nearly 1-million ton increase in coal shipments on the Great Lakes in December, the surge was not enough to enable the trade to outperform 2013, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said, reporting that shipments for the year totaled 24


USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District has awarded a repair contract to Great Lakes Shipyard for two tugs and two barges from the Corps’ Cleveland Field Station.   The shipyard said it has been contracted to perform drydocking


Last Saltie Departs Duluth; Lakers Make Final Push

The Palmerton departing beneath Duluth’s Aerial Bridge on Dec. 20.  Photo Credit:  Paul Scinocca

Duluth-Superior’s international shipping season winds to a close as last saltie departs; Great Lakes freighters make final push to mid-January   This weekend signaled the ‘beginning of the end’ of the 2014 shipping season – as the last oceangoing vessel (saltie) to


US Fleet to Pump $75m into Great Lakes Shipyards

Photo: Fraser Shipyards, Inc.

U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators plan to spend $75 million this winter to ready the fleet for the 2015 shipping season, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. One vessel is already in drydock undergoing the out-of-water hull inspection required by U.S. law every five years


Great Lakes Water Levels Surge

The surge in water levels on Lake Superior and across the Great Lakes are a boon to this freighter travelling through the Soo Locks in June. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels; levels expected to stay above-average through winter and spring of 2015   Scientists at the Army Corps of Engineers, Environment Canada and NOAA documented a record-setting surge in water levels on Lakes Superior and


Lakes Limestone 2014 Tonnage Dips

A typical Great Lakes stone carrier (source: Lake Carriers Association)

Shipments from U.S. ports dipped 4 percent, but loadings out of Canadian quarries rose 12.5 percent.   Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27.1 million tons in 2014, a decrease of 1.8 percent from 2013 and a drop of 2.1 percent compared to the trade’s long-term average


Great Lakes Freeze Cost Economy $705m, 3,800 Jobs

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., conducts an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014. (USCG photo)

The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported, promting the group to to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to


US, Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. The crew experienced plate ice as thick as three feet and ice ridges as tall as eight feet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have begun collaborative icebreaking operations.   The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St


LCA Calls for New Icebreaker on the Great Lakes

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., conducts an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014. (USCG photo)

The ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs and has prompted Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to partner with the U.S


$7 Billion Makeover for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

A typical bulker plies the St. Lawrence Seaway (image: Chambr of Marine commerce)

A new study released today reveals that $7 billion is being spent on asset renewal and infrastructure improvements in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system.   The investment survey, compiled by maritime trade consultants, Martin Associates, tallies US$ 6


Great Lakes: US Cargoes Surge on Milder Weather

Photo courtesy: Lake Carriers Association

With the vast ice fields of December 2013 a distant but still troubling memory, U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes this past December rebounded significantly.  Shipments totaled 9.6 million tons, an increase of nearly 35 percent compared to a year ago


Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

Jim Weakley (Photo courtesy of LCA)

An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing


Great Lakes Towing Announces Two New Hires

Mark W. Delventhal

The Great Lakes Towing Company has hired two new employees within its Great Lakes marine operations group. Lindsay R. Dew has been named Director of Operations & Compliance, and Mark W. Delventhal has been named Director of Technical Services & Business Development – both






 
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