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T/S State of Michigan Visiting Toledo

Great Lakes Maritime Academy training vessel, T/S State of Michigan.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy Training Vessel to Make First-ever Stop in Toledo – May 25. Officials with The Maritime Academy of Toledo and the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, MI have announced that the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training vessel, T/S State of Michigan, will make her first-ever visit to Toledo on Friday, May 25, 2012.   The scheduled stop fulfills an announcement made October 18, 2011 during Maritime Education Awareness Week at The Maritime Academy of Toledo.  At that time Ms. Renee Marazon, Superintendent, The Maritime Academy of Toledo along with Mr. John Berck, Director of Admissions and Captain Mike Surgalski, Master, T/S State of Michigan, both from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, announced the Toledo visit which will allow The Great Lakes Maritime Academy to visit the students at The Maritime Academy of Toledo to talk about maritime education and career opportunities. Students from The Maritime Academy of Toledo will be given a private tour of the vessel.   T/S State of Michigan is the 224-foot former Navy submarine surveillance ship Persistent.  Originally launched in 1985 as the USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6); the T/S State of Michigan was commissioned as a Stalwart class Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship (TAGOS). She was built as an ocean submarine surveillance vessel to tow highly sensitive sonar arrays to track Soviet submarines during the Cold War

Avtron Upgrades T/S State of Michigan

Photo copyright L.A. Cohen

Avtron upgrades T/S State of Michigan propulsion system with an Avtron ADD-32 Electric Drive System. The T/S State of Michigan is a 224 ft. ex-T-AGOS vessel currently used by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) as a training vessel. After serving as surveillance vessels for the U.S. Military through the 80s and 90s, many T-AGOS class ships have been reassigned for research and training purposes. The existing analog drive system was obsolete and unsupportable.

Michigan to Regulate Ballast Water Discharges

The State of Michigan enacted two laws intended to regulate discharges in the state of ballast water from ocean-going ships. Act No. 32 broadly prohibits injurious discharges and specifically prohibits unauthorized discharges of ballast water from oceangoing ships. Act No. 33 provides that, effective January 1, 2007, an ocean-going ship may not engage in port operations in the state unless it has a permit and that, to obtain a permit

First Ship Opens Detroit's Shipping Season

Monday, April 20, 2009, the Port of Detroit welcomed the arrival of the ocean going vessel, Federal Pride, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company. The ship's arrival began the port's 2009 shipping season. The Federal Pride, a Cyprus flagged vessel, set sail on April 3, 2009 from Teesport, United Kingdom and Antwerp, Belgium with a cargo of steel. The ship, 470 ft long with a 75 ft beam, sailed under the command of Captain Maciej A. Adamiak

AWO Hails Asian Carp Decision

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) hailed the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the Illinois Waterway System locks open for the free flow of commerce.  The Court rejected a petition brought by the State of Michigan and other Great Lakes states against the State of Illinois that sought a preliminary injunction to close the locks to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan had argued that closing the locks was not justified by available

Bio-fuel's Potential Shown by Marad Tests

Tests by the US Maritime Administration show potential exists for cleaner, renewable marine fuel The Maritime Administration has announced its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This cutting-edge research used marine engines aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship, the TS State of Michigan, to measure emissions reduction impacts. The project is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Defense and

U.S. District Court Rules Against Closing Chicago Locks

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) applauded the decision announced on Thursday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by five Great Lakes states to close Chicago area locks as a way of preventing the migration of Asian carp into Lake Michigan.  AWO and a coalition of industries and associations had intervened on the side of the defendants, the U.S

MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct “at sea” tests of advanced renewable fuels and assess its impact on the ship’s engine. The tests compared operational

USCG in Search of Missing Man in Lake Michigan

The Wild Irish, a 26-foot sailboat. Kiehm is reported to be on the boat in Lake Michigan.

  The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing on Lake Michigan, Tuesday. Missing is 48-year-old Joseph Kiehm from Milwaukee. Kiehm was last seen aboard his 26-foot white sailboat, the Wild Irish, at McKinley Marina in the Milwaukee Harbor between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday. A search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a phone call from Kiehm’s wife reporting him missing at noon Wednesday.

Site for Indiana's Fourth Port Being Examined

The Ports of Indiana announced that Indiana Michigan Power has agreed to sell its recently retired Tanners Creek coal plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to a brownfield redevelopment company that is working with the Ports of Indiana to evaluate the site for use as the state's fourth port.   "Infrastructure critical to our state's economy includes more than just roads," said Governor Mike Pence. "Indiana's ports and waterways have been tremendous catalysts for economic growth

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

 NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks are the wooden steamer Ohio (1873-1894) and the steel-hulled steamer Choctaw (1892-1915).   In May 2017, a sanctuary-led expedition used high-resolution sonars to map the bottom of Lake Huron, during which they located the two ships.  At the time

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Rose in August

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,991,471 tons in August, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.  August’s loadings were also nearly 12 percent ahead of the month’s five-year average.   LCA said loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3,358,064 tons, an increase of 21.4 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 633,407 tons

Repeat NYC Ferry Business for Metal Shark

NYC Ferries alongside at Metal Sharks Franklin Yard. CREDIT: Metal Shark

Metal Shark Building Four 350-Passenger Vessels and an Additional 150-Passenger Vessel for NYC Ferry.   Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark is once again building multiple high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger vessels for the NYC Ferry Service Operated by Hornblower.   In early August, Metal Shark received orders from Hornblower for four 97’ x 28’, 350-passenger USCG Subchapter K vessels

Hunter Joins Bristol Harbor Group

John Hunter, P.E. (Photo: BHGI)

John Hunter, P.E. has been hired by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) as the firm's most recent addition to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Hunter joins BHGI as a Senior Naval Architect. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He is also a member and a past chairman of the New England section of Society of Naval

Volvo Penta Appoints Midwest Marine Sales Partner

Image: Volvo Penta

Further building its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its commercial marine business in North America, Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan.    Interstate Power Systems was founded in 1957 and currently has four primary divisions providing products and services at more than 20 locations across the upper Midwest.  

Boat Hits Cargo Ship in Lake St. Clair

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a collision between a 17-foot recreational boat and a 406-foot cargo vessel in Lake St. Clair approximately two miles offshore east of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, Sunday morning. The master of the involved cargo vessel, the Esta Desgagnes, a Canadian-flagged vessel home-ported in Quebec, Canada, immediately hailed the Coast Guard on VHF channel 16 to report the collision and that the operator of the recreational vessel was in the water.

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in May

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in May, a decrease of 5.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA) reported. May’s loadings were, however, slightly above the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 683,000 tons, a decrease of 9.3 percent, LCA said.

Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in May

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.1 million tons in May, an increase of 1.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. However, shipments trailed the month’s 5-year average by 5 percent.   Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.7 million tons in May, an increase of 5 percent. All of those tons originated at Lake Superior ports. Escanaba, Mich

YANMAR Expands Americas Distributor Network

 YANMAR Expands Americas Distribution Network   YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division has made three new additions to its distribution network, Mack Boring & Parts Co., W.W. Williams and Antilles Power.   Established in the 1920s, Mack Boring & Parts Co. is one of America’s leading distributors of marine diesel engines, including YANMAR’s pleasure marine product lines

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in June

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 Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,455,019 tons in June, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. June’s loadings were also 8.9 percent below the month’s five-year average.   Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 668,000 tons, a decrease of 14.3 percent, LCA said.  

US Iron Ore Boosts St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

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With strong increases in iron ore and other cargo, total tonnage shipped via the St. Lawrence Seaway is up 20 percent over last year.   The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reports that cargo shipments from March 20 to June 30 totaled more than 12 million metric tons – up two million metric tons over the same period in 2016.   “St. Lawrence Seaway shipping is a bellwether for the health of the overall U.S

DSC Delivers Its First Tier 4 Final Dredge

(Photo: DSC Dredge)

In February 2017, DSC Dredge, based in Reserve, La., delivered its first-ever dredge equipped with a Tier 4 Final C32 ACERT Caterpillar engine to a minerals company located in the U.S. The Shark Class Dredge features an 18-inch hull-mounted dredge pump and 300 hp cutter drive assembly, and has a dredging depth capability of 56 feet. DSC supplied stainless steel hydraulic fittings and used anti-corrosion building practices, as the dredge will be working in a corrosive environment

Merchant Vessel Aground in Saint Marys River

A 629-foot U.S. cargo ship ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island in the St. Marys River, Wednesday at 11:40 p.m.    The merchant vessel Calumet departed ESSAR Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Michigan, when it ran aground.   The U.S. Coast Guard is on scene and no injuries have been reported. The vessel is currently aground and stable

US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA

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 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017.    The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018.    The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up in July

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in July, an increase of 15.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. July’s loadings were also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.16 million tons, an increase of 22.3 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 700,000 tons, a decrease of 60,000 tons, LCA said.

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