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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 $1.1b annually, but only spends $700m.  That leaves a surplus of nearly $5b. It’s time to put the ‘trust’ back in the Trust Fund.” Carmeuse Lime & Stone operates three large stone quarries that ship via the Great Lakes.  In 2008, those quarries loaded 14 million tons of aggregate and fluxstone into Great Lakes freighters.  Buck used a sampling of vessel loadings to illustrate the negative impacts of the dredging crisis on Carmeuse.  “In June, a vessel with a designed carrying capacity of 28,300 net tons left our plant in Calcite, Michigan, with only a little more than 24,000 tons in her holds.  The dredging crisis cost us nearly 15 percent of the vessel’s carrying capacity.” Another vessel left Carmeuse’s Cedarville, Michigan, quarry with more than 4,400 tons of carrying capacity unused. The reason vessels cannot carry full loads is decades of inadequate funding for dredging.  The U.S


Largest Potential Lakes Project in Generation

Congress is considering the possible funding of the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a half-billion dollar undertaking that would rank as the largest navigation infrastructure project on the Great Lakes in a generation. Construction of a new lock at “the Soo” would bring up to 250 jobs annually to northern Michigan and continue for a decade.  Estimated cost of the lock is about $475m


WRDA Passage to End Lakes Dredging Crisis

The end of the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper.  Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be used to dredge the


Great Lakes Shipping Industry Urges Fast WRRDA Approval

James H.I Weakley: Photo GLMTF

The Great Lakes shipping industry is calling on Congress to quickly pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) approved by the House/Senate conference committee. The bill contains provisions that will significantly reduce the dredging backlog on the Great Lakes by increasing the amount of tax dollars the government spends on maintaining deep-draft ports and waterways and designating the Great Lakes a “navigation system” for the purposes of maintenance dredging.


Great Lakes Shipping Returns to Normal

Shipping on the Great Lakes should be back to normal by early Monday evening, Canadian marine authorities said, as a 730-ft. freighter, which crashed into a lift bridge across the Welland Canal, has been towed away. "They're raising the bridge at the moment and they will have to make sure it (is secure) before telling the ships to move into the canal," said Sylvie Moncion, a spokeswoman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp., which operates the key marine route into central North America


Bi-national Study Highlights Green Advantages

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A comprehensive report released today has defined the modal and environmental advantages of using marine shipping to transport goods in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway region. A study titled The Environmental and Social Impacts of Marine Transport in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Region was conducted by Ontario transportation consultants Research and Traffic Group, and peer reviewed by independent experts in the U.S. and Canada


LCA Endorses Government Report

U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes provides efficient, safe, and environmentally sound transportation services to industries that are the backbone of the American economy finds a report released on February 12 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.   The U.S.-flag Lakes fleet is “competitive with other modes of freight transportation in the movement of dry-bulk commodities and appears to be adequately capitalized to meet current market


Malfunction Underscores Need for Second Poe-Sized Lock

A malfunction of the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, , on September 24 has illustrated the pressing need for Congress to appropriate the funds to build another lock capable of handling the largest U.S.-Flag Great Lakes freighters. Although the vessel delays totaled only about three hours, had the problem been more severe, cargo movement on the Lakes would have slowed to a trickle. U.S.-Flag Lakers whose length and/or beam restrict them to the Poe Lock represent 70 percent of 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


Halsey Appointed to Joint Management Committee for Thunder Bay

Dr. William Anderson, director of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL), today announced the appointment of State Archaeologist John R. Halsey to the Joint Management Committee administering the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Preserve off the coast of Alpena. Halsey, who represents Michigan on the federal-state committee, will serve a two-year term expiring Jan. 1, 2005. The other member of the Joint Management Committee is Daniel J


Algoma Central Orders New Great Lakes Ships

Equinox Class ship Algoma Harvester entering harbour at Port Colborne (CNW Group/Algoma Central Corporation)

Algoma Central Corporation announces $160 million investment in fleet expansion and fleet renewal   Algoma Central Corporation announced that it has acquired a 2009-built handy size self-unloading ocean class vessel, the Gypsum Integrity, from Gypsum Transportation Limited


Vessel Forebody Launched for Rand Logistics

Video screenshot (courtesy of Rand Logistics)

Vessel introduction on track for fourth quarter of 2015   Rand Logistics, Inc. announced the launch of its new vessel forebody. The new forebody, built by Chengxi Shipyard Co., will be affixed to the aft section of the company's recently acquired Danish-flagged vessel and is set to become


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Ferry Repair Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a drydocking contract for Miller Boat Line’s M/V Put-In-Bay.   The ferry was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract includes drydocking, inspection and repairs


First Ocean Vessel of 2015 Arrives at Port of Indiana

M/V Irma (Photo courtesy of Ports of Indiana)

Northwest Indiana celebrates opening of gateway to global markets   The arrival of the 655-foot bulk carrier M/V Irma at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor signals the official opening of the port’s international shipping season. Port officials welcomed 2015's first ocean vessel on


Fednav Orders 12 Ballast Water Treatment Systems

Photo: Fednav

Fednav Limited, a Canadian operator of international ships in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, announced an order for 12 ballast water treatment systems to equip its ships currently under construction.   According to the shipper


MARAD Offers Grants for LNG Conversion

U.S. Maritime Administrator Jaenichin (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a request for proposals for projects focusing on vessel conversion to natural gas in an effort to measure changes in emissions before and after conversion. The total amount of funding available is $900,000


Duluth-Superior Awaits First Saltie of 2015

Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The Port of Duluth-Superior informs it is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship of the 2015 commercial shipping season, the Kom, the first “saltie” to have made a full transit of the 2,342-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.    


Fleet Pays High Price for Thick Lakes Ice

Image: LCA

Cargo movement in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) in March fell to its lowest level since 2009., the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments totaled only 825,000 tons, a decrease of more than 60 percent compared to the month’s five-year average


Great Lakes Ore Trade Off to a Slow Start

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled just 800,000 tons in March, the lowest level for the month since 2010 and nearly 60 percent below the month’s five-year average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.  


Great Lakes Seaway Opens 57th Navigation Season

(L to R) Lafarge Purchasing Manager for Eastern Canada Ken Lerner, U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Betty Sutton, Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation CEO Terence Bowles, Chief Engineer David Michalowicz, Captain Seann ODonoughue, and CWB CEO Ian White in front of the CWB Marquis, April 2.

  The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway's 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock.   The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Contract for Work Barges by USACE

 Newbuilding at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, OH (photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard)

  Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland has been awarded a new construction contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for two 38-foot work barges, the company announced today.    The two new steel work barges will be used by USACE Rock Island District as a working


Port of Cleveland Taps Chris Ronayne to Lead Board

Chris Ronayne will lead the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (photo courtesy of the Port Authority).

The Board of Trustees for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority today unanimously elected Chris Ronayne as new board chair.   As President and CEO of University Circle, Inc., which oversees the growth and direction of one of Ohio’s fastest growing employment district


Great Lakes Losing Ice

Great Lakes Ice Cover: Picture Credit: Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

 The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reports ice cover for all of the Great Lakes combined at around 52%, thanks to milder temperatures and gusty winds over the past several weeks.   On March 1, nearly 89 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ice flushing operations help keep brash ice from forming and encourages the flow of ice down river preventing possible flood situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by USCGC Bristol Bay.

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.   Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures






 
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