Position Papers

Second Poe-Sized Lock

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at full Federal expense so there is finally redundancy for the now 49-year old Poe [...] Continue reading

Adequate Icebreaking Resources

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW leads a U.S.-flag laker through heavy ice. Photo courtesy United States Coast Guard.

An Executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 charges the U.S. Coast Guard with breaking ice on U. [...] Continue reading

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) is pending legislation that will untangle the regulatory quagmire that is ballast water management. It will assign oversight to the only federal agency with maritime expertise and a long history of environmental and safety [...] Continue reading

Dredging Crisis

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Each foot of available draft means the ship is leaving behind cargo. The largest lakers forfeit almost 3,200 tons of cargo of each foot of reduced draft.

Decades of inadequate funding for dredging have left an estimated 15 million cubic [...] Continue reading

Jones Act

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Section 27, Merchant Marine Act, 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, requires cargo moving between U. S. ports be carried in vessels that are U. S.-crewed, -built and -owned. Although the law dates from 1920, legislation to promote [...] Continue reading