Lakers & Salties

More than 25 companies operate ships on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System. Find the latest information on shipbuilding, ship innovations, and technological advances here.

New Technologies: Are efficiencies and opportunities taking us backward?

My briefcase was stolen out of my car while I was traveling recently. In addition to having to cancel or report stolen articles like my passport, my Nexus card, my... Read More

New Biodiesel Era: CSL Completes the World’s Longest-Running Trials on Marine Engines

With sights on decarbonization and environmental stewardship, CSL recently completed trials using B100 biodiesel to power bulk carriers and self-unloading bulkers in the Great Lakes. Testing began in 2020 and... Read More

In the Shipyard: Winter Work

Prepping the Fleet for Short-sea Shipping Read More

Decarbonizing for Success: Reduced Fuel Costs and Enhanced Efficiency Demonstrated Onboard Algoma Conveyor

The maritime industry’s growing focus on decarbonization faces unique logistical challenges based on its wide variety of fuel and technology needs. Furthermore, shipping has seen a simultaneous rise in operating... Read More

Preparing to Receive Larger Lakers

Alpena receives $3.8 million to upgrade vessel access Three other Great Lakes ports benefit from similar MARAD grants THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION is funding dock improvements in Alpena, Mich.... Read More

Building New ATBs

How the subs will move through the Great Lakes/Seaway system Read More

New Shipyard in Ohio? Bartlett Maritime Corporation Presses for Navy Contract to Increase Great Lakes Shipbuilding

Capt. Ed Bartlett has a vision. If it turns into drydocks and vessels, it will bring ship-building and an estimated 5,000 direct, permanent jobs to Ohio through two privately owned... Read More

In Short: News from January–March 2022

Cleveland-Cliffs Idles Indiana Harbor Blast Furnace Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is indefinitely idling its Indiana Harbor #4 blast furnace (IH#4). According to the company, this action is the result of operational improvements,... Read More

In Focus: First Diesel-Electric Laker Delivers to CSL

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has taken delivery of M/V Nukumi, a new purpose-designed self-unloader built to service Windsor Salt. She began her maiden voyage to the Great Lakes/ Seaway system... Read More

Still Getting It Done: Unique American Republic Works Through Turning 40

Boatnerds in the Lorain and Cleveland area in the 1980s and 1990s could count on a sighting of the American Republic on the ore shuttle between Republic Steels Lorain Pellet... Read More