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

Government Study Sees Unemployment Rate Topping Great Recession if Poe Lock Fails

March 4th, 2016

CLEVELAND – Almost 11 million unemployed Americans and a $1.1 trillion decrease in economic activity are just two of many catastrophic consequences forecast by a Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis of a 6-month failure […] Continue reading

Lakes Freighters Getting Underway Again

March 3rd, 2016

CLEVELAND –The 2016 shipping season on the Great Lakes began on March 2 when the tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER loaded 14,600 tons of iron ore at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to ArcelorMittal Cleveland at the end of the navigable […] Continue reading

Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Draft Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System

February 3rd, 2016

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Michigan Governor Stresses Need for Second Poe-Sized Lock

January 21st, 2016

CLEVELAND – A second Poe-sized Lock is critical to the future of Michigan and the United States declared Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) in his State of the State address on January 19, and he pledged to work with Congress […] Continue reading

Comments on Proposed Wisconsin – Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary

January 19th, 2016

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U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleets Investing More Than $110 Million in Vessels in 2016

December 21st, 2015

CLEVELAND – U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes have committed more than $110 million to maintain and modernize their vessels in 2016.  Maintenance and repair work typical of the winter lay-up period will cost approximately $60 million.  Projects that […] Continue reading

Comments on Draft Document Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage

August 31st, 2015

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Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage Draft Document