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US Lakers’ Cargo Dips 15% in November

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 7.9 million tons of cargo in November, a decrease of 15 percent compared to both a year ago and the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said.   Iron ore cargos decreased 22 percent in November compared to a year ago, while coal cargos fell 16 percent and limestone loadings dipped 5 percent, according to LCA.   Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargos total 79.8 million tons, a decrease of 1 percent compared to the same point in 2014, and a drop of 3 percent compared to the long-term average for the January-November timeframe. Iron ore cargos have decreased 8 percent compared to a year ago. Coal shipments are up 4 percent. Limestone loadings have increased 8 percent.


Cargo Movement In U.S.-Flag Vessels Down

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 89.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in 2012, a decrease of 4.6 percent compared to 2011.    The 2012 float was 1.5 percent off the 5-year average for U.S.-flag lakers. U.S.-flag lakers carried 45.2 million tons of iron ore in 2012, or 73.3 percent of the total volume of iron ore moved on the Great Lakes last year.  The 45.2 million tons of iron ore carried by U.S.-flag lakers represented a decrease of 4


Spending HMT Will End Dredging Crisis

Using the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for its intended purpose will end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes declared a stone shipper at a briefing for the Great Lakes delegation in Washington, DC on April 2 hosted by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.  “We need approximately $200m to clear the dredging backlog on the Great Lakes,” said Thomas Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmeuse Lime & Stone.  “The fund collects $1


April U.S.-Flag Lakes Float Little Changed from a Year Ago

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 8.2 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in April, a virtual repeat of a year ago, and 2.7 percent better than the month’s 5-year average.   Iron ore cargos for the steel industry registered a modest increase compared to a year ago.  Coal for power generation and steel production dipped 16.5 percent.  Aggregate and fluxstone for the construction and steel industries rose by more than 14 percent.  


U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Up in May

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, an increase of 3.3% compared to the corresponding period last year. The May float was also largely in line with the month’s long-term average. U.S.-flag lakers moved 4.9 million tons of iron ore in May, 76% of all ore moving on the Lakes/Seaway that month. The 4.9 million tons represent a slight increase compared to a year ago


U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Slips Slightly in July

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in July, a slight increase over June, but a decrease of 2.2% compared to the corresponding period last year. The July float was also down 6.6% from the month’s long-term average. U.S.-flag lakers moved 4.6 million tons of iron ore in July, 76.7% of all ore moving on the Lakes/Seaway that month. The 4.6 million tons represent a 6.7% increase compared to a year ago, but a drop of 5


Higgins, Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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Congressman Brian M. Higgins (D-NY) has been honored for his support of Great Lakes shipping by the largest coalition representing the industry.  The Congressman was named Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF).  Rep. Higgins will formally receive the award at GLMTF’s 14th Annual Briefing for the Great Lakes Delegation in Washington on April 2, 2009. “As a native of Buffalo


Cargo Ship Aground in St Lawrence Seaway

Sedna Desgagnes: Photo credit Groupe Desgangnes

The upbound freighter 'Sedna Desgagnes' aground near Johnstown Bridge off Prescott, Ontario. The casualty is completely out of the channel and appears to be in a shoal area with 6 m of water or less. The ship is hard aground with cargo on board. She is up at the bow a few feet and listing slightly to starboard. This will be a major salvage operation with lightering taking place before she is pulled off her strand, according to 'Daily Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping News'.


USCG Ice-breaking on Lake Manistee

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) issuead an alert warning residents, particularly ice fishermen and other recreational users of Lake Manistee, of ice-breaking activities scheduled begin Saturday and continue for the next two weeks. The freighters Calumet and Manitowoc, assisted by the tug Manitou, are scheduled to transit through Lake Manistee for coal deliveries Jan. 18-26. The tug and freighters will make four transits


Toledo Maritime Academy Hosts Admiral’s Ball Weekend

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The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation wrapped up a successful Admiral’s Ball Weekend on Saturday, April 12, with the fourth Annual Admiral’s Ball and Charity Auction. More than 130 people attended the event which brought in $22,000 for the educational needs for cadets at the school. The theme for this year’s event was “Chart Their Course for Success With Us”. It was sponsored by The Toledo Blade, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Dickenson Wright PLLC


Michigan Governor Calls for 2nd Poe-sized Lock

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A second Poe-sized Lock is critical to the future of Michigan and the United States, declared Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in his State of the State address on January 19, and he pledged to work with Congress to build it, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


US, Canada Partner to Break Ice on Lower Great Lakes

Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay sits in the middle of Lake Erie as its crew takes ice liberty during a short break from ice breaking duties as part of Operation Coal Shovel, March 2015. The crew of the Bristol Bay, along with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon, escorted the motor vessel Algoma Hansa through a frozen Lake Erie. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nick Gould)

 U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking crews kick off operation Coal Shovel Friday in the waters of the southern Great Lakes.   Operation Coal Shovel encompasses domestic icebreaking operations in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St


U.S. Seaports: Cargo Volumes Rise 3.1%

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Seaports are seeing a steady rise in waterborne cargo volumes according to new numbers from U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s report. Overall, 2014 freight tonnages increased 3.1 percent over 2013 totals. The Corps of Engineers’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center tracks the commercial


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Down in January

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  Iron ore cargos decreased 20 percent


Detained Freighter Cleared to Depart Great Lakes

The U.S. Coast Guard has reached an agreement with the owner and operator of the motor vessel Cornelia that will allow the vessel to depart Lake Superior.     The vessel was held for six weeks for alleged environmental violations. The U.S


Final Interlake Steamship Vessel in for Repower

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The Interlake Steamship Company’s last steamship arrives at Fraser Shipyards for repowering   The S.S. Herbert C. Jackson made its final journey as a steamship this month when it sailed into Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., where it will undergo a six-month conversion to a highly


Twelve Saved from Sinking Freighter in Cuban Waters

A helicopter rescues one of 12 crewmembers who abandoned ship in Cuban territorial seas December 26. Two USCG helicopter crews responded and subsequently rescued all 12 crewmembers from the sinking 120-foot coastal freighter. (Screenshot from USCG video)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued 12 people from a freighter vessel taking on water in Cuban territorial seas Saturday.   The rescue, performed by two USCG helicopter crews, saved one Jamaican, two Nicaraguan, one U.S., and eight Haitian crewmembers.  


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes USACE Repairs

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has completed a multi-vessel drydocking and repair contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District Floating Plant, and all vessels were redelivered on December 28, 2015.  


This Day In Naval History - January 04

USS Michigan (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1910 - USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned.   1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay.   1944 - USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French


Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Dips 8.5% in 2015

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 54.4 million tons in 2015, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to 2014, reported the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), who added shipments slipped 7.8 percent compared to the trade’s five-year average.


St. Lawrence Seaway Wraps Up Navigation Season

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With water temperatures well above the 10-year average, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed its 2015 navigation season ice free on December 31. Thirty-six million metric tons of cargo transited the waterway during the season, with grain, at volumes well above the five-year average, leading the way


Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 7% in 2015

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 29 million tons 2015, an increase of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The trade also outperformed its five-year average by 5.2 percent.  


Seven Ships Laid up at Duluth-Superior

The Port of Duluth-Superior said it will welcome seven ships for winter layup this year.   The firs tvessel Indiana Harbor laid up early on November 3 for a repowering project is already underway at Fraser Shipyards on the Herbert C. Jackson, in dry dock since early December.   


USCG Begins Icebreaking in Western Great Lakes

Cutter Mackinaw (USCG file photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie on Wednesday commenced Operation Taconite, an icebreaking mission launched in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River.   


US-flag Lakes Cargo Volumes Lowest Since 2009

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 87.2 million tons of cargo in 2015, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to 2014, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said. The end-year tally is the lowest since 2009 when the U.S.-flag float totaled 66.5 million tons.  






 
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