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Lakes Deep Freeze Cost Economy $705 Million and 3,800 Jobs

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

CLEVELAND — The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs and has prompted Lake Carriers’ Association to call for construction [...] Continue reading

U.S.-Flag Fleets to Pump $75 Million into Great Lakes Shipyards this Winter

Monday, January 5th, 2015

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators plan to spend $75 million this winter readying the fleet for the 2015 shipping season. One vessel is already in drydock undergoing the out-of-water hull inspection required by U.S. law every 5 years. [...] Continue reading

Lakes Water Levels Coming Back, But Not Full Loads

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

CLEVELAND — The rise in Great Lakes water levels has yet to translate into full loads for the U.S.-flag freighters moving iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and other cargos. Vessels continue to routinely leave port with less than a full [...] Continue reading

U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes Vessel Operators Announce Joint Principles That Should Guide Regulation of Ballast Water

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

CLEVELAND – Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) and Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA), the trade associations representing U.S.- and Canadian-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes, today released the five principles they believe should guide the U.S. and Canadian governments as they [...] Continue reading

Great Lakes Shipping Industry Mourns Passing of Congressman James L. Oberstar

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag vessels working the Great Lakes will lower their flags to half mast on Thursday in honor of Congressman James L. Oberstar (D) who represented Minnesota’s iron ore mining and shipping industries in the House of Representatives from [...] Continue reading

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleets Plan to Invest More Than $70 Million in Their Vessels This Winter

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

CLEVELAND – After a season in which U.S.-flag lakers will have sailed more than 2,500,000 miles and carried nearly 90 million tons of cargo, a $70-plus million tune-up awaits the fleet. One ship arrived in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to undergo [...] Continue reading

Thirteen Great Lakes Senators Back Legislation to End Great Lakes Dredging Crisis

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

CLEVELAND – Thirteen Great Lakes Senators today have sent a letter to key legislators who will lead the House/Senate conference on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act urging them to include provisions that will bring more Federal dredging dollars [...] Continue reading

Statement On Passage of Water Resources Reform and Development Act

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Passage of H.R. 3080 with the provision that the Great Lakes be funded as a system in terms of dredging is a giant step forward for waterborne commerce on our Fourth Sea Coast. This provision should put the Lakes on [...] Continue reading

First U.S.-Flag “Lakers” Back in Service; 52 More to Follow

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

CLEVELAND – The 2013 Great Lakes shipping season began on March 2 with the sailing of the tug/barge unit PRENTISS BROWN/ST. MARYS CONQUEST. The vessel, operated by Port City Marine Services, departed its winter lay-up berth in Milwaukee and sailed [...] Continue reading

Lake Carriers’ Association Endorses Government Report on Industry’s Contributions to Economy and Environmental Benefits of Waterborne Commerce

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes provides efficient, safe, and environmentally sound transportation services to industries that are the backbone of the American economy finds a report released on February 12 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime [...] Continue reading