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Great Lakes Dredging hinges on Federal Legislation


House and Senate Bills Offer Hope for Lakes Dredging Crisis.   Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have taken up legislation that could end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes.  H.R. 335 and S. 218 would require the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) to spend what it takes in each year for dredging on dredging.  Currently, the HMTF spends only one of every two tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging.  The surplus, now approaching $7 billion, is used to mask the size of the Federal deficit rather than maintain the nation’s ports and waterways.  As a result, 17 million cubic yards of sediment clog Lakes harbors and have the largest vessels losing more than 10,000 tons of cargo in just one trip. H.R. 335, the Realize America’s Maritime Promise (“RAMP”) Act, was introduced on January 22 and currently has 67 co-sponsors, 15 of whom are from the Great Lakes region.  S. 218, the Harbor Maintenance Act of 2013, was introduced on February 4.  The bill was authored by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and has 28 co-sponsors, 10 of whom are from Great Lakes states.   “Congress must quickly pass these bills,” said Donald N. Cree, President of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever to promote waterborne commerce on the nation’s Fourth Sea Coast.  “The largest U.S

Shipping Season Rewarded During National Transportation Week

During the 2006 Great Lakes shipping season, the Port of Detroit exceeded its 2005 international cargo tonnage volume by more than sixty percent. Because of the upswing in international cargo volume, the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) and its stevedoring company, Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company, will receive the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation's Robert Lewis Port Pacesetter Award. SLSDC

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Dips in June

Photo: LCA

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.2 million tons in June, a decrease of 6 percent compared to May, and nearly 5 percent below the level of a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) announced. Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 5.5 million tons, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian ports in the Seaway totaled 695,000, an increase of 19 percent, but in terms of tons, the trade rose perhaps five cargos for the month

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.    

Cutting Emissions: Interlake Installs Marine Scrubbers

DuPont marine scrubber during Interlake loading. (Photo courtesy of  DuPont Marine)

As shipping companies struggle to find their preferred solutions for meeting strict new emission mandates, Ohio-based Interlake Steamship has found a good partner in DuPont Marine Scrubbers. Interlake awarded DuPont Sustainable Solutions, through its subsidiary Belco Technologies Corporation (BELCO), an additional contract to supply DuPont Marine Scrubber systems for two more vessels. The M/V James R. Barker, the first 1,000-ft

Great Lakes States to Address Ballast Water Issue

Attorney General Jennifer M. Granholm has joined Attorneys General from around the Great Lakes states in filing a brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that asks the Court to order the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the problem of aquatic nuisance species in the ballast water of Great Lakes ships. In a "friend of the court" brief filed jointly with the states of New York, Minnesota, and Illinois

LCA's Ryan Retires

George J. Ryan will end his 20-plus year career as President of Lake Carriers' Association on January 15. Ryan will retire as one of the longest serving President's in the Association's 123-year history. James H. I. Weakley will succeed him. "George's contributions to the U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet are immeasurable," said James R. Barker, Chairman of The Interlake Steamship Company, one of the largest U.S.-Flag operators on the Lakes

Lock Closure Causes Big Losses on the Great Lakes

An aerial view from the upper approach to the Soo Locks. The locks from left to right are the Sabin, Davis, Poe and MacArthur. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

 U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers lose a quarter-million dollars waiting 20 days for MacArthur Lock to reopen   The 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan cost U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators nearly $250,000, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). A misalignment of the miter gates forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close the lock on July 29, and it remained out of service until August 17. During those 20 days, U.S

Kvaerner Masa-Yards Receives Contract

Kvaerner Masa Marine (KMM) and Masa-Yards Arctic Technology Center (MARC), both part of the Kvaerner Masa-Yards Group, were recently awarded a contract to provide ice breaking consulting services and model testing for the USCG Great Lakes Icebreaker currently being designed by Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) a division of Manitowoc Marine Group. The new icebreaker will be named Mackinaw in honor of the heavy icebreaker that it is replacing. The new Mackinaw will be a

USCG Icebreakers to Sport Finnish Technology

The new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard being built at Marinette Marine Corp. will feature some of the world's most advanced icebreaking features, complements of Finland. Marinette Marine, a division of Manitowac Marine Group, has contracted with a pair of Kvaerner Masa-Yards Group Companies — Kvaerner Masa Marine (KMM) and Masa-Yards Arctic Technology Center (MARC) — to provide ice breaking consulting services and model testing for the new USCG Great Lakes Icebreaker Mackinaw

World Carbon Debate Must Consider Great Lakes Shipping

CSL Groups Trillium Class vessel Thunder Bay, pictured here in Port Colborne, Ontario, regularly travels through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Great Lakes ports. (Photo: Thies Bognor; Supplied by CSL Group)

As the debate continues both at home and abroad on carbon offsetting measures, the Chamber of Marine Commerce is urging stakeholders and governments to consider the environmental advantages and the competitive challenges faced by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry.  

Québec, Indiana Partner for Great Lakes Shipping

Photo: Ports of Indiana

Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St-Pierre and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana will launch a new partnership to intensify their collaboration in Great Lakes/St

Leaders Call on Canadian Marine to Grow Economy

Robert Lewis-Manning (Photo: CSA)

The Federal Election is an important opportunity to boldly support the marine industry as a means to sustainable Canadian growth. During this election and post-election period, political leaders are urged to build upon Canadian domestic shipping for the Canadian economy and sustainable economic

10,000TH SeaQuantum applications Celebrated

The Team

  In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to their 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

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

US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

File photo: Tauri Minogue

In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Strong

For the second month in a row, shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes topped 4 million tons in July, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. This is the first time loadings have topped the 4-million-ton mark for more than one month in a shipping season since 2008.  

Interlake Steamship to Install Scrubbers on 2 More Ships

M/V Lee A. Tregurtha (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company proves phase one of emissions-reduction technology on Great Lakes; two additional ships to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubber technology in 2016    Following the implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier M/V Hon

Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs

Tug Michigan (Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company)

The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan

USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for USCG Cutter Katmai Bay   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015.

Lakes Limestone Trade Tops 4 Mln Tons in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,042,766 tons in June, an increase of 6 percent compared to May, and 9-plus percent compared to a year ago, according to figures reported by the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA).  The June stone float is also the highest monthly total

LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas

Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.6 million tons in May, an increase of 53 percent compared to ice-impacted April, and 4 percent better than a year ago and the month’s 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)  

New Dredger for Lake Lotawana

Lake Lotawana’s 7012 HP Versi-Dredge deepening Buffalo Cove - the project is running ahead of schedule (Photo: IMS)

Lake Lotawana Association celebrated the launch of its new 2015 Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Buffalo Cove on May 1, 2015. In attendance was Dave Wagner, Dredge Committee Chairperson, outgoing Mayor, David Welsh and Ward III Alderman, David Tillema as well as IMS President, Jim Horton

Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Launched

The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers’ Association, Fednav Limited, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, have jointly sponsored a new bi-national public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.  

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