News Releases

Iron Ore Trade Kicks Off 2017 Lakes Shipping Season

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

CLEVELAND — The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season begins today when the U.S.-flag tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER departs her winter lay-up berth in Erie, Pennsylvania, and sails to Cleveland, Ohio, where she will initiate the shuttle of iron ore from [...] Continue reading

Michigan Gov. Snyder Urges National Governors Association To Support Building Second Poe-Sized Lock

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

CLEVELAND – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has sent a list of projects that will benefit the nation to the National Governors Association (NGA) and a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, tops the list. The NGA collected [...] Continue reading

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