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

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 13.5 million […] 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

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

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