Great Lakes

Great Lakes Losing Ice

 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.

Rand Logistics Announces Debt Refinancing

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced today that it has closed a $170.0 million revolving loan facility which refinanced approximately $102.0 million of the company's

Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste.

Soo Locks Open for Cargo Ships

 Despite the chilly temperatures and heavy snowfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks for the start of the Great Lakes shipping season.    The Edwin H.

Pacesetter Award Winners Announced for 2014 Navigation Season

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the prestigious Robert J.

Sinopec: Long Wait for $100 Oil to Return

Asia's largest refiner, Sinopec Corp, said on Monday it expects prolonged weakness in global oil prices, forcing it to cut spending and turn more cautious about acquisitions.

U.S. Coast Guard Clears Great Lakes Shipping Channels

 The US Coast Guard began to prepare for the upcoming shipping season this week, with ice breaking operations on the Great Lakes, says a report in AP.   The U.

NOAA: No Relief in Sight for Western US Drought

Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.

USCG to Conduct 'Operation Thaw Out' Ice Rescue Training

  Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven and Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City in Michigan will conduct ice rescue training and a demonstration

Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA

 Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The entire Great Lakes is at 88.

Great Lakes Shipping Worries about Tough Spring

 Ice conditions have been causing concern for Great Lakes shipping industry. The satellite images show that the Great Lakes once again almost entirely covered in ice.

Coast Guards Working to Free Laker Beset in Ice

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are working to break free the motor vessel Arthur M. Anderson, which is beset in ice near Conneaut Harbor, and turn it around

$13B Needed to Repair US Locks

There are 192 locks on 12,000 miles of American rivers, and most have lived far beyond their life expectancy, the NY Times reported last week. The Times reported

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Report Released

The 2014 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities was released by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) Thursday.   The

Nicaragua Atlantic-to-Pacific Canal: Big Chinese Money?

In Nicaragua, a Chinese company is busy building what will become one of the world’s largest transoceanic canals. One of the largest engineering projects in history

USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair

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.

Revisions Proposed for Seaway Practices and Procedures

Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices

Great Lakes Coal Falls Short in 2014

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,

Channel Closure for Dead Ship Tow

There will be a dead ship tow of the Dive Support Vessel UNCLE JOHN from the Mobile Sea Buoy to BAE Shipyard starting at approximately 0600 today. The 253 feet long,

Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

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

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