Great Lakes News


New Lock at the Soo: Unlocking the Great Lakes

Oct 21, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District works on unlocking the Great Lakes by providing a much-needed resiliency at the Soo Locks with the construction of the New Lock at the Soo. The New Lock at the Soo will be the same dimensions as the Poe Lock, 1,200 feet long, 110 feet wide and 30 feet deep.Often called the “linchpin” of the Great Lakes navigation system, the Soo Locks are located in Sault Ste…

New Operator Sought for International Ag Shipping Terminal on Lake Michigan

Mar 30, 2023

Ports of Indiana has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify potential operators of the International Ag Shipping Terminal at Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The 7-million-bushel terminal has transload capabilities for ocean ships…

Soo Locks to Open March 25 for 2023 Shipping Season

Mar 20, 2023

The Great Lakes' 2023 shipping season will commence on March 25 with the opening of the Poe Lock at 12:01 a.m., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announced.The operating season is fixed by federal regulation and driven in part…

Carter Sworn In as Milwaukee Port Director

Feb 27, 2023

The City of Milwaukee’s new Municipal Port Director officially took office on Thursday during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Cavalier Johnson appointed Jackie Q. Carter in January, and the Milwaukee Common Council confirmed her appointment earlier in February…

Port of Toronto Reports Record Cargo and Cruise Numbers for 2022

Feb 21, 2023

The Port of Toronto announced it  moved more than 2.3 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2022, its highest recorded cargo levels in 18 years, and welcomed a record 41 cruise ships and more than 12,000 visitors to its Cruise Ship Terminal.The…

New Lock at the Soo Reauthorized in WRDA 2022 at $3.219 Billion

Dec 29, 2022

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District New Lock at the Soo Project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is reauthorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022 on Dec 23, 2022. The project reauthorization amount is $3.219 billion…

Volumes Rising on Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Seaway System

Nov 14, 2022

Shipping across the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system topped 4.2 million tons in October, led by strong gains in grain as well as potash, salt and other dry bulk cargos. Overall grain shipments reached 1.5 million tons, a reflection of…

Great Lakes Winter Supply Chain – A Cause for Concern

Nov 07, 2022

As the temperatures start their annual decline on the Great Lakes, an icy chill is in the air. Shipping companies across the lakes are rushing to get final loads of critical raw materials from the northern lakes to the manufacturing facilities on the lower lakes…

“Welcome to a Dying Industry (1988)”

Oct 12, 2022

While pundits have long proclaimed the U.S. maritime industry dying or dead, the recent delivery of Great Lakes laker Mark W. Barker suggests an innovative future instead.Jacksonville Shipyard was a well-known repair yard that was particularly…

Navigating Climate Change: How Shipping is Adapting in the St. Lawrence

Sep 26, 2022

When compared to other major river navigation routes around the world, the St. Lawrence River is a favored waterway.It flows from the mouth of Lake Ontario, at an altitude of 250 meters. From its source to the Gulf, the river travels 1,197 kilometers…

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in July

Aug 18, 2022

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.3 million tons in July, a decrease of 6.8% compared to a year ago, according to trade group the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Shipments were also 6.3% below the month’s 5-year average, LCA said…

US Grain, Coke Exports Drive Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Activity in June

Jul 19, 2022

U.S. grain and coke exports boosted overall shipping volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway in June.Total cargo tonnage shipments (from March 22 to June 30) via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 11.9 million metric tons, down 8.3% compared to 2021 but gaining ground in comparison to April…

US Grain Shipments Through Great Lakes-Seaway Up 39%

Jun 22, 2022

U.S. grain shipments via the Great Lakes-Seaway system totaled 312,000 metric tons from March 22 to May 31, up 39% compared to the same period in 2021. Much of the increase is due to exports of corn and soybeans out of the Port of Toledo and…

Great Lakes-Seaway Cargo Rose 7% in 2021

Jun 16, 2022

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway ships carried an estimated 149 million metric tons of cargo to and from domestic ports, and to overseas markets during the 2021 shipping season — an increase of 7% over pandemic-stricken 2020, a new report from the Chamber of Marine Commerce shows…

Toledo Harbor Dredging Contract Awarded

May 19, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District awarded a $4,565,000 contract to Michigan-based Ryba Marine Construction Company on May 17 to conduct dredging of the federal navigation channel in Toledo Harbor and the Maumee River…

Logistics News

New Operator Sought for International Ag Shipping Terminal on Lake Michigan

New Operator Sought for International Ag Shipping Terminal on Lake Michigan

Rosario Ports Operating Normally Despite Strike

Rosario Ports Operating Normally Despite Strike

Japan’s Dry Bulk Imports Fall 4%, says BIMCO

Japan’s Dry Bulk Imports Fall 4%, says BIMCO

Headwinds Hamper the Poseidon Principles

Headwinds Hamper the Poseidon Principles

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