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...]

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...]