News Releases

Lakes Will Reap Many Benefits From Passage of Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Monday, April 16th, 2018

CLEVELAND – Protection of the environment and promotion of waterborne commerce will be well served by Senate passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act. The bill, S.1129, includes provisions that will protect the Great Lakes from oil spills and non-native [...] Continue reading

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Ready To Meet The Needs of Commerce

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

CLEVELAND – Crews are readying the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet for another shipping season. Five dry-bulk vessels have already resumed operation, but the bulk of the fleet will get underway once the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, open on [...] Continue reading

U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Will Get $65 Million Tune-Up This Winter

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

CLEVELAND – 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 [...] Continue reading

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