Interlake Steamship Company to Construct First U.S.-Flagged ‘Laker’ in 35 Years

Interlake Steamship Company has placed an order for the construction of a new self-unloading bulk carrier, marking the first time U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built in the U.S. in more than 35 years. The new River-Class vessel will transport raw materials to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region. It is believed to be the first ship for U.S. … [Read more...]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Authorizes Construction of Second Large Lock at Great Lakes’ Soo Locks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proceeding with plans to build a new Soo Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan more than three decades after a new lock was first authorized. The construction of a second Poe-size lock large enough to accommodate the largest ships servicing the Great Lakes region is one of the largest Great Lakes infrastructure projects in a … [Read more...]

Ex-Trump Adviser Knocks Support for Lake Erie Wind Farm

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg) -- A conservative energy research group led by a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team is taking the administration to task for backing a project that would install six giant wind turbines in the middle of Lake Erie. “It’s unclear why a technology that is so expensive should be co-funded by U.S. taxpayers,” according to a … [Read more...]

Trump Signs Bill Authorizing Construction of Second Poe-Sized Lock in Great Lakes

President Trump has signed into law sweeping bipartisan legislation that authorizes federal funding for a wide range of water infrastructure projects across the United States, including construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which passed the Senate by a vote of 99 to 1, includes the Soo Lock … [Read more...]

Incident Video: 1,000-Foot Laker ‘American Spirit’ Runs Aground in Duluth Harbor

Minnesota's Duluth Harbor was briefly shut on Sunday after a large laker ran aground just short a breakwall. The 990-foot M/V American Spirit was departing Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite when it grounded about 50-feet from the breakwall at approximately 3:30 p.m. local time while attempting to turn out of the harbor. A time-lapse video made from footage from a … [Read more...]