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Great Lakes Urge Override of Vetoed Water Bill

The Great Lakes shipping industry is calling on Congress to override President Bush's veto of legislation that will accelerate dredging and authorize construction of a second Poe-sized Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These provisions and others benefitting the Lakes are included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 recently vetoed by the President. The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (H.R. 1495) was passed by wide margins in both the House and Senate. Lack of adequate dredging reportedly is forcing the largest U.S.-Flag vessels on the Lakes to lose 6,000 tons of cargo each trip. A second Poe-sized Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is one of the most important infrastructure improvements on the Great Lakes in decades. Reportedly 70 percent of U.S.-Flag carrying capacity is restricted to the Poe Lock, and if that lock were incapacitated, the U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet would not be able to meet the needs of commerce. Great Lakes Maritime Task Force was founded in Toledo, Ohio, in 1992 to promote domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes. With 73 members, it is the largest coalition to ever speak for the Great Lakes shipping community and draws its membership from both labor and management representing U.S.-Flag vessel operators, shipboard and longshore unions, port authorities, cargo shippers, terminal operators, shipyards and other Great Lakes interests

Dedication & Delivery Ceremony of New USGS Vessels

new USGS research vessel

Two 17-knot high-speed research vessels for the U.S. Geological Survey are to be dedicated at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. R/V KAHO and R/V MUSKIE will replace two of the USGS’s oldest research vessels by the same names that are currently operating on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, respectively.  The USCG’s five-vessel fleet supports missions that collect and analyze oceanographic and fisheries information.

Study to Explore Separating Great Lakes and Mississippi Basin

According to reports, a growing number of scientists, advocacy groups and public officials believe that it's time for man to think seriously about separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. It may be the best way, they say, to stop the spread of invasive species between the basins. The Alliance for the Great Lakes has launched the first study. With $125,000 in funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the US-Canada International Joint

GLMRI to Receive $2M in Federal Funding

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a joint effort by the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota Duluth, will receive $2 million in federal funding. This is the second year of funding for the GLMRI collaboration, which now totals $2.75 million. Congressman James L. Oberstar (MN-8) secured the original authorization for the initiative, and Congressman Obey secured the funding in the recently-passed transportation appropriations bill.

NY Power Authority’s Havasu II to be Christened

The New York Power Authority’s newly constructed pedestal crane barge will be christened at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio.  The christening ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2010, beginning at 11 a.m.  The barge will be utilized for deployment and retrieval of an ice boom placed across the Niagara River at Buffalo New York to prevent ice from blocking the hydro-electric water intakes of the New York Power Authority.  

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Christens Tugboat


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Representative of Northern Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, was the Sponsor and Principal Speaker for the naming ceremony for the tugboat HANDY-THREE at Great Lakes Shipyard. “She is here today because of her sponsorship and commitment to small shipyards,” remarked Ron Rasmus, President, The Great Lakes Group.  Kaptur has championed the passage and funding of the Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program which makes grants for capital

Rolls-Royce to Upgrade Dorothy Ann

Interlake Steamship Company’s Tug Dorothy Ann

Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has been contracted to upgrade Interlake Steamship Company’s Tug Dorothy Ann.  The 124-foot, 7,200-horsepower Z-drive tug is the largest Z-drive ATB tug built to date in North America and is mated to the barge Pathfinder.  The duo is engaged in hauling bulk commodities on the Great Lakes.   The upgrade will convert the Dorothy Ann’s Rolls-Royce/Ulstien azimuth thrusters from fixed-pitch to controllable-pitch propellers

Senators Seek Funding for Great Lakes Maintenance

Photo: Chad Scott

A bipartisan group of Great Lakes senators, led by Great Lakes Task Force co-chairs Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk, wrote today to Army Corps of Engineers leaders, urging them to direct additional funding for harbor maintenance projects to reduce the backlog of projects in the Great Lakes. The letter, from members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen

Bahrain US$35-M Land Reclamation Contract for GLDD

Excavator waterside: File photo

Provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental & remediation services, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded the contract with the Ministry of Works in Bahrain. It encompasses phases one and two of a development project within Hidd Port. Under this contract, Great Lakes will dredge 5.8 million cubic meters to build a 156 acre footprint on which a factory and additional facilities will be built.

Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project, was commissioned during a ceremony hosted by Great Lakes Shipyard and attended by more than 200 on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.   The sponsor of the commissioning ceremony was Karen W

Operations Continue for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

A responder labels a sample of product for analysis extracted from the Lake Erie Barge Argo Nov. 9, 2015. Photo USCG

Salvage operations for the sunken tanker barge Argo in Lake Erie continue as the Unified Command proceeds with plans for product recovery. Crews will start prepping the first tank this week for “hot tapping” operations. Actual lightering operations will not occur until later in the

Federal Bering Calls First Time at Antwerp

Federal Bering crew Copyright Antwerp Port

The Federal Bering bulk carrier called for the first time at the port of Antwerp on November 16. The recently built Federal Bering is in Antwerp for three days to load a consignment of 20,000 metric tons of steel for ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and other steel producers

VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy

VIKING Americas VP, Al Osle

  Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami.  

Oshawa Port Authority Joins Green Marine

The Oshawa Port Authority, one of Green Marine’s founding members as the former Oshawa Harbor Commission, announced it is again a Green Marine participant.   Green Marine is a voluntary initiative in Canada and the U.S. targeting levels of environmental performance that exceed the

Twin Disc Sells Distribution Territories to Great Lakes Power

Great Lakes Power has acquired distribution rights to sell and service Twin Disc products previously supported by Twin Disc Southeast, effective September 25, 2015.   As part of the approximately $4 million deal, Great Lakes Power, a longstanding Twin Disc distributor currently serving the

Interlake Steamship to Install More Scrubbers

(Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

As vessel owners struggle over the best and most efficient means to meet stringent new emission regulations, the Interlake Steamship Company has proven phase one of emissions-reduction technology on Great Lakes;  and two additional ships are to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers in 2016

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

Photo: LCA

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in September, a decrease of 20.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. Shipments were down 11 percent from the month’s five-year average.   

New Tug for NY Power Authority

Daniel Joncaire II (Photo: BHGI)

A newly built 45-foot twin-screw tug Daniel Joncaire II has been launched for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the vessel’s designer Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced today.   BHGI was awarded a contract by NYPA to engineer

GLS Wins Multi-Vessel USACE Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station.   The shipyard will perform routine drydocking

Pacesetter Award for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plays a critical role in the Great Lakes Seaway System

  The top federal official presiding over the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway presented Indiana Governor Mike Pence with its flagship award today in recognition of an increase in international shipping at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Falls 23% in October

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.3 million tons in October, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments were down 9 percent from the month’s five-year average.   

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips in October

 Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.4 million tons in October, a decrease of eight percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), adding the trade was only two percent below the month’s five-year average, however.  

US-flag Lakers’ Cargo Down in October

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 9.7 million tons of cargo in October, a decrease of 13.7 percent compared to a year ago, and a decrease of 0.6 percent compared to the month’s long-term average, according to that Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  

Project Cargo and Grain Top Seaway Cargoes in October

With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October.   “We anticipated an increase in vessel activity and cargo tonnage into the Great Lakes Seaway System for the month of October, and we saw it,” said Betty Sutton

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