Business of Shipping: Soo Locks’ Long-Awaited Upgrade

The Business of Shipping is new column from Ira Breskin, senior lecturer at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY and author of The Business of Shipping (9th edition), North America's most comprehensive industry-focused book explaining and analyzing marine transportation and related industries, both domestic and international. By Ira Breskin After 30-years, the long wait … [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...]

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...]

Great Lakes Shipping: Second Poe-Sized Lock Construction Is Critical, Michigan Governor Says

Construction of a second Poe-sized Lock is critical to Michigan and the United States, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said in his State of the State address earlier this month. The governor pledged that he will work with Congress to get funding for the project, which is likely to cost $590 million. The second lock was first authorized by Congress in 1986, and then again in … [Read more...]

Soo Lock Closure Shows Need for Second Large Lock, Great Lakes Carriers Say

  U.S.-flag Great Lake carriers are using a recent 20-day closer of a lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to highlight the need for a second lock large enough to accommodate the largest ships servicing the Great Lakes region. According to the Lake Carriers' Association, representing the 16 American companies that operate 56 U.S.-flag vessels … [Read more...]