Lake Carriers’ Association Welcomes FMC Formal Investigation into Proposed Ballast Water Regulations on Great Lakes Cross-Lake Trade

June 23rd, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (June 23, 2018) – The U.S.-based Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) applauds the unanimous decision of the Federal Maritime Commissioners (FMC) to accept LCA’s petition alleging that Transport Canada’s proposed ballast water regulations discriminate against U.S.-flag vessels. The vote […] Continue reading

Celebrating the Centennial of the Jones Act

June 16th, 2020

2020 is the centennial of this seminal piece of legislation but its roots are in American legislation dating to the first U.S. Congress in 1789.  The Jones Act is critical to the U.S. economy and jobs, security of our waterways, […] Continue reading

Great Lakes Icebreaking

June 16th, 2020

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

There needs to be a second heavy icebreaker at least as capable as the USCGC Mackinaw in the Great Lakes, […] Continue reading

Ballast Water Regulation

June 16th, 2020

Ballast water regulations that are protective of the environment, maintain efficient waterborne commerce, and are binationally compatible are critical to ensuring the ecologic and economic health of the Great Lakes region.  Regulating otherwise could bring down the most environmentally friendly […] Continue reading

Efficient Funding for the New Large Lock at the Soo

June 16th, 2020

Now that the new large lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (the “Soo”) is underway, it is imperative to maintain the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ annual efficient funding for this project to keep design and construction moving ahead at […] Continue reading

Full Funding for Dredging Great Lakes Deep-Draft Ports and Waterways

June 16th, 2020

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.

The Great Lakes navigation system must be adequately funded for dredging through […] Continue reading

Statement of James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers’ Association, Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – Friday, May 29, 2020 – “The Status of the U.S. Maritime Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

June 5th, 2020

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Serious Business – $1 Billion and Over 5,000 Jobs Lost in 2019 Due to Inadequate Icebreaking on the Great Lakes

April 23rd, 2020

A report commissioned by the Lake Carriers’ Association found that ice-related delays and cargoes left on the dock during the 2018/19 ice season on the Great Lakes had a tremendous negative impact to the national economy. However, this wasn’t a […] Continue reading

U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Begins the 2020 Sailing Season Amid the Challenges of COVID-19

March 24th, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 24, 2020) – The
first U.S.-flag commercial vessel, known as “lakers,” will transit the locks at
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the early hours of Wednesday, March 25, signaling
the start of the 2020 sailing season. 
They carry the materials that […] Continue reading

Great Lakes Shipping Routes Evolve Digitally

February 4th, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO (February 4, 2020) – 113 years ago, the Lake
Carriers’ Association developed the world’s first Traffic Separation
Scheme.  Today, those recommended shipping routes have evolved to meet the
demands of electronic navigation and continue to provide routes for safe
navigation of some […] Continue reading