News Releases

Ballast water facts, not hype

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Recently, several articles, editorials and letters have perpetuated exaggerations and inaccuracies about the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). We believe the public deserves the rest of the story.

VIDA consolidates vessel ballast water regulatory authority under the U.S. Coast Guard [...] Continue reading

Statement on Ballast Water Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

American Great Lakes Ports Association / Great Lakes Maritime Task Force / Lake Carriers’ Association

May 20, 2016 – The Great Lakes shipping community is praising inclusion of the provisions of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) in the National Defense [...] Continue reading

Lakes Warn Mild Winter Must Not Derail Effort to Build Another Heavy Icebreaker

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes are concerned that the mild winter of 2015/2016 will derail efforts to build a second heavy icebreaker.  Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) is warning in its 2016 State of the Lakes report [...] Continue reading

Government Study Sees Unemployment Rate Topping Great Recession if Poe Lock Fails

Friday, March 4th, 2016

CLEVELAND – Almost 11 million unemployed Americans and a $1.1 trillion decrease in economic activity are just two of many catastrophic consequences forecast by a Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis of a 6-month failure [...] Continue reading

Lakes Freighters Getting Underway Again

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

CLEVELAND –The 2016 shipping season on the Great Lakes began on March 2 when the tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER loaded 14,600 tons of iron ore at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to ArcelorMittal Cleveland at the end of the navigable [...] Continue reading

Michigan Governor Stresses Need for Second Poe-Sized Lock

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

CLEVELAND – A second Poe-sized Lock is critical to the future of Michigan and the United States declared Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) in his State of the State address on January 19, and he pledged to work with Congress [...] Continue reading

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleets Investing More Than $110 Million in Vessels in 2016

Monday, December 21st, 2015

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes have committed more than $110 million to maintain and modernize their vessels in 2016.  Maintenance and repair work typical of the winter lay-up period will cost approximately $60 million.  Projects that [...] Continue reading

Great Lakes Fleets Call for End of Port Huron Float Down

Monday, August 10th, 2015

CLEVELAND/OTTAWA — U.S. and Canadian vessel operators on the Great Lakes are urging the public to not participate in the Port Huron Float Down scheduled for August 16. This unsanctioned event fills the St. Clair River from Port Huron to [...] Continue reading

Lake Carriers’ Association Sees Major Progress on Top Issues

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

CLEVELAND — Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas, [...] Continue reading

Thomas Rayburn Joins Lake Carriers’ Association As Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs

Monday, May 4th, 2015

CLEVELAND — Thomas Rayburn has joined Lake Carriers’ Association in the newly created position of Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs.  Rayburn is well versed in the economic and environmental benefits of Great Lakes shipping, having spent a number of [...] Continue reading