News Releases

Study Sees $1.7 Billion Economic Benefit From Soo Lock Modernization

Friday, January 13th, 2017

CLEVELAND – A new study commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department lists modernization of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, as one of the 40 American transportation and water “megaprojects” that could bring as much as $1.3 trillion in [...] Continue reading

Investing More Than $80 Million in Vessels: U.S.-Flag Fleets to Keep Great Lakes Shipyards Busy this Winter

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

CLEVELAND –Temperatures are dropping, but the pace at Great Lakes shipyards is heating up.  Winter is their busiest time and this year is no exception.  U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators are going to spend more than $80 million to maintain [...] Continue reading

Thermocyclops Crassus Fact Sheet

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Thermocyclops Crassus Fact Sheet

Homeland Security on Great Lakes Starts with Jones Act

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

CLEVELAND – The Jones Act’s requirement that cargo moving between U.S. ports be carried in vessels that are U.S.-owned, U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed is the Great Lakes region’s “best line of maritime homeland security defense” James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake [...] Continue reading

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