Study at Cleveland Port Reveals Options
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has received a capacity study identifying options for sustaining the Port's position as an engine for manufacturing jobs, while the City of Cleveland is opening up the lakefront for greater public access and economic development. The study's main finding was that as the Port vacates key docks and storage areas, then those maritime facilities would need replacement given any reasonable future business projection. The Port of Cleveland is a destination port, meaning it produces local jobs because 90 percent of the Port's cargo is produced or consumed within a 75-mile radius. For example, the Cleveland Cliffs iron ore brought here from Minnesota by Oglebay Norton is used for manufacturing steel at ISG.
Cleveland Coast Guard Continue Investigation, Cleanup Operation
Crews are continuing their response and investigation Saturday for an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased. Late Friday evening, Clean Harbors contractors placed boom at the yacht club basin entrance to keep the substance from spreading further into the lake. The boom held through the night and plans are in place to deploy additional boom further out as a secondary barrier, due to a forecast change in wind direction Saturday.
Ground Broken on New Shipyard
As part of its continuing plans for diversification and expansion The Great Lakes Towing Company, a 106-year old tug company, now a multi-faceted marine transportation and ship and boat repair business, will construct a new $3,500,000 headquarters building and state-of-the-art shipyard complex on its present 6-acre deep waterfront property in the Old River Channel of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at the foot of West 45th Street on Division Avenue, the new facilities will incorporate fabrication, welding and diesel shops to include new technologies. 40’-high fabrication building will be equipped with a 10-ton overhead crane that will travel the entire 150’ length of the building, and its 30’ high by 40’ hanger door will permit indoor barge and tug construction and repairs.
New Hires at Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard
The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced this week that it has made two new hires. Graham Gajewski has been named naval architect, reporting to Jonathan Leivo, director of engineering, and Patrick Owens has been named operations coordinator, reporting to Lindsay Dew, director of operations and compliance, both working in the Cleveland offices. Gajewski earned his Bachelor of Engineering – Naval Architecture at the State University of New York Maritime College and is a licensed USCG Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate.
US-flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Mln Winter Tune-up
U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend $65 million maintaining and modernizing their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter. When complete, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce come the spring break-out in March. “Winter is the one opportunity our members have to renew and upgrade their vessels,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing the major U.S.-flag carriers. The major focus this winter will be on normal maintenance such as overhauls of engines…
Port of Cleveland Plans 2014 Europe Express Service
The Cleveland-Europe Express Ocean Freight Service will be the only scheduled international container service on the Great Lakes when it kicks off in April 2014. “Currently, local manufacturers use East Coast ports to ship goods to Europe, incurring additional rail and truck costs along the way,” said Will Friedman, president & CEO of the Port of Cleveland. The service will be the fastest and greenest route between Europe and North America’s heartland, allowing regional companies to ship their goods up to four days faster than using water, rail, and truck routes via the U.S. East Coast ports.
Port of Cleveland to Address Critical Problems
The Port is leading critical intitiatives for river renewal and infrastructure improvements. • Managing sediment dredged annually from the river. Enough sediment is scooped out annually to fill a sports stadium – and then deposited in what are essentially landfills along the lake. But experience and scientific analysis has shown that sediment is a resource that can be used to benefit the community. We are leading efforts to develop the mechanisms and market to make that happen. • Repairing or replacing bulkheads that line the ship channel. Research indicates that bulkheads do not exist or are in poor condition along 29,000 feet of the channel. Fixes are crucial to protect shipping and set the stage for more job-creating and recreational developments.
Great Lakes Shipyard Delivers New Work Boat
Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio Delivers Completed Work Boat for Port of Milwaukee. Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, OH, completed construction of a 60-foot work boat for the Port of Milwaukee. The vessel sailed from Cleveland and was delivered to the port on Tuesday, January 11, 2012. Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded the contract by the city in June 2011. The vessel was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, WA, to include general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage, and dive operation capabilities.
Great Lakes June 2013 Symposium
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is to present a public program featuring a range of important issues concerning the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Symposium is a first-of-its- kind public program focusing on timely legal issues impacting the Great Lakes. Stakeholders will discuss topics ranging from the regulation of phosphorous discharged into the Great Lakes to the development of wind turbines and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Symposium’s panel discussion will feature noted speakers on Great Lakes topics, including Director Chris Korleski (EPA Great Lakes National Program Office), Retired Congressman Steven LaTourette, Jim Weakley (Lake Carriers’ Association), Brian Cook (Ohio EPA), and Joel Brammeier (Alliance for the Great Lakes).
Great Lakes Shipyard Highlights Recent Expansion
The Shipyard Expansion Project is a 4-PHASE project. PHASES I through III have now been completed with the installation of the Travelift at a total cost to date of US$11.345-million. Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard with a 770-ton Travelift and a drydock in Cleveland which specializes in all types of marine construction and repairs for vessels, tugs, supply boats, ferries, barges, excursion vessels, dinner boats, research vessels, large yachts, and off-site topside work of every kind.
Cleveland to Commission Two Cleanup Workboats
Port of Cleveland formally launching work boats for Cleveland Harbor cleanup; Two vessels to remove floating debris from river and downtown lakefront as part of Port’s environmental stewardship mission. The Port of Cleveland is holding a Commissioning Ceremony for its new custom-made boats and their crews. The sister vessels – Flotsam & Jetsam – will work in tandem to collect and remove floating debris. This debris, which can range from tree limbs to plastic bottles, is more than an eyesore; it can be a problem for commercial and recreational boats as well as wildlife.
Kvaerner To Sell Cleveland Bridge Unit
Kvaerner ASA will reportedly sell its Cleveland Bridge construction unit to the current leaders of the unit, a move that represents a probable accounting loss, but one within provisions made in the first quarter of 1999, when Kvaerner began a sweeping restructuring. Kvaerner has reportedly signed a letter of intent with the leadership of Cleveland Bridge to sell them the unit with financial backing from Bank of Scotland. A final agreement is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
US Port Commissions Clean-up Boats
Port of Cleveland commissions two custom-made boats, named 'Flotsam' and 'Jetson', for removal of floating debris. The two new vessels will remove floating debris from the Cuyahoga River and downtown Lake Erie shoreline. They are part of the Port’s broader mission to help restore the health of the river and serve as a proactive environmental steward in and around the waterways. The Port formally commissioned the sister vessels – Flotsam and Jetsam – and their crews during a ceremony at North Coast Harbor along Cleveland’s downtown lakeshore.
Port of Cleveland’s Express Service Underway
With the departure of the vessel Fortunagracht out of Antwerp, Belgium over the weekend, the Cleveland-Europe Express service between the Cleveland Harbor and Europe via the Saint Lawrence Seaway has officially launched. The vessel is loaded with breakbulk and containerized cargo and is set to dock in Cleveland around April 17. The Cleveland-Europe Express is the only regular, scheduled international container and noncontainerized cargo service on the Great Lakes. The Port of Cleveland and Dutch company The Spliethoff Group entered into an agreement in November 2013 to begin the service.
Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port
The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and other government agencies.
Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership
U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region.
Seaway Cargo Movements Pick up Ahead of Winter
Shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway remained strong in October as North American manufacturers and cities stockpiled vital materials in advance of the coming winter and farmers relied on the waterway to export the new harvest. According to the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to October 31 reached 29.6 million metric tons, up 4.5 percent over the same period last year, as robust grain and steel shipments have more than offset a drop in iron ore shipments through the Seaway. “Autumn is typically the St.
Intermodal Short Sea Barge Operation Completed
The Great Lakes Towing Company completed an Intermodal Short Sea barge move utilizing the Port of Cleveland’s Rail Loop and the Port’s switching line, Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad. Norfolk & Southern interchanged the rail car carrying the 114 metric ton transformer to Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad to bring the railcar via the loop to the dock-face under the Port’s heavy lift crane. The cargo was transferred to a barge and was towed by the Tug OHIO to Marysville, Michigan for delivery to DTE Energy Electric Company (formerly The Detroit Edison Company).
Freighter Allides with Two Boats
The Unified Command responded to two boats being struck on the West Bank of the Flats in . The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Dept. of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Fire Dept., Cleveland Police Dept., the Fire Boat Anthony J. Celebreeze and the Cleveland Harbor Master. The Station Cleveland 25-foot response boat were on scene providing a safety zone to ensure safe travel of all boating traffic. Motor Vessel Cuyahoga struck two boats while transiting up the , one boat was severely damaged and is submerged, and one received lesser damage and both were moored at the dock behind Shooters Night Club. The submerged vessel has two large fuel tanks filled with gasoline and is currently sheening.
Volumes Up for Cleveland’s New Liner Service
The Port of Cleveland announced that its Cleveland-Europe Express, the dedicated monthly liner service that launched in April, had its best month to date in June. This start-up service doubled its revenues in June when compared to either April or May. “The Port of Cleveland is booming and we are very encouraged by the performance of the new Cleveland-Europe Express service, which is still in its infancy,” said William D. Friedman, president and CEO. “The large increase in volume in June bodes well for the remainder of the year as we continue to offer companies and shippers throughout the interior U.S. The Port’s traditional maritime and development finance services are also seeing increased demand and are forecasted to have a record year.
This Day in Coast Guard History – June 8
1882-The sloop-rigged yacht Circe, of Cleveland, was dismasted at 1 o’clock in the afternoon about a mile outside of Cleveland Harbor. The crew of Station No. 8, Ninth District (Cleveland), discovered the accident and towed her safely into the harbor. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)
SLSDC Awards Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority posted significant increases in international cargo during the 2010 navigation season, earning it the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. SLSDC Administrator Terry Johnson presented the award to Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Board Chair Robert Smith at a ceremony in Cleveland. “This is a strong economic performance by an important member of the Seaway System,” said Administrator Johnson. During the 2010 navigation season, the Port of Cleveland shipped 273,280 metric tons (mt) of cargo through the Seaway, a 64 percent increase over the 2009 season, earning the Port its 9th Pacesetter award.
Second Sailing Added to Cleveland-Europe Express
The Port of Cleveland and Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group announced today their mutual intent to add a second monthly vessel to the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE), the only scheduled ocean service for containerized and breakbulk freight operating between Europe and a Great Lakes port. "We are extremely pleased to announce our intent to add a second sailing to the CEE starting next season or perhaps sooner to better accommodate the needs of the containerized segment of the market, which requires more frequent sailings," said Will Friedman, CEO of the Port of Cleveland.