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

Study Sees $1.7 Billion Economic Benefit From Soo Lock Modernization

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

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

November 17th, 2016

Thermocyclops Crassus Fact Sheet

National Marine Sanctuaries in the Great Lakes

August 2nd, 2016

National marine sanctuaries have been and should continue to be developed in a way that does not undermine other lawful beneficial uses of the Great Lakes.

It is the policy of the United States¹ to, among other objectives:

Support sustainable, safe, secure, [...] Continue reading

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

July 27th, 2016

When promulgating their final rule on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Act (NPDES) in May 1973, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically excluded “a discharge incidental to the normal operations of a vessel” (38 Fed. Reg. at 13,528, [...] Continue reading

Jones Act

July 17th, 2016

The Jones Act (Section 27, Merchant Marine Act, 1920) 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 a U.S.-flag fleet was [...] Continue reading

Adequate Icebreaking Resources

July 13th, 2016

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

Second Poe-Sized Lock

July 13th, 2016

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. The “Soo Locks” connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes [...] Continue reading