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

Dredging Crisis

July 13th, 2016

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.

Years of inadequate funding for dredging have left an estimated 17 million cubic [...] Continue reading

Homeland Security on Great Lakes Starts with Jones Act

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

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

Statement on Ballast Water Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

May 24th, 2016

American Great Lakes Ports Association / Great Lakes Maritime Task Force / Lake Carriers’ Association

May 20, 2016 – The Great Lakes shipping community is praising inclusion of the provisions of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) in the National Defense [...] Continue reading

Lakes Warn Mild Winter Must Not Derail Effort to Build Another Heavy Icebreaker

March 15th, 2016

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes are concerned that the mild winter of 2015/2016 will derail efforts to build a second heavy icebreaker.  Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) is warning in its 2016 State of the Lakes report [...] Continue reading