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

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

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

Statement of James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers’ Association, Before the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – 10:00 a.m., March 6, 2018 – “Examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers”

March 7th, 2018


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Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

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

Adequate Icebreaking Resources

January 11th, 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

Dredging Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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