Great Lakes Shipping Season Kicks Off with Opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway

The 2018 Great Lakes shipping season kicked off Thursday with the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes. The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) joined with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) to mark the opening of the Seaway's 60th navigation season. An official … [Read more...]

More Icebreakers, Second Poe-Sized Lock Critical to Great Lakes Shipping, Task Force Says

Too few U.S. and Canadian icebreakers and reliance on a single Poe-sized lock to connect Lake Superior to the Lower Lakes and Seaway are among the top issues currently threatening the future of shipping on the Great Lakes, the U.S.-based Great Lakes Maritime Task Force warned in its 2015 annual report released Wednesday. “Another near arctic winter significantly impacted … [Read more...]

“A New Heavy Icebreaker Is Essential” Claim Great Lakes Senators

United States Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security calling for robust funding in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation for the U.S. Coast Guard to design and build a new heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes region. The heavy ice seen in recent winters has seriously impaired commercial … [Read more...]

Ice Freezes Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade

Heavy ice blanketing the Great Lakes is continuing to wreak havoc on the region's iron ore trade, highlighting the need for more robust icebreaking capabilities. According to the Lake Carriers' Association, shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average, because of ice … [Read more...]