Marine Highway

The latest developments and news affecting operations, conditions, and improvements of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Great Lakes See Lowest Ice Coverage in Decades

The unusually warm winter has significantly affected ice coverage on the Great Lakes. In mid-February, the ice extent across all the lakes was the lowest it has been in more... Read More

Nearly 38 Million Metric Tons Transit System in 2023

Nearly 38 million metric tons (mmt) of cargo transited the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System in 2023. This resulted in an overall increase of more than 3.4 percent compared to... Read More

Davie Purchases Finland’s Helsinki Shipyard Oy

Canada’s largest shipbuilder, Davie Shipbuilding, has acquired Finland’s Helsinki Shipyard Oy, the world’s leading builder of icebreakers and ice-class ships. While both shipyards will remain separate legal entities, the business... Read More

MARAD Awards Grants to Eight Marine Highway Projects, Including One in Wisconsin

the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded nearly $12 million in grants to eight marine highway projects across the nation, including one on the Great Lakes, under the... Read More

New Study Details Economic Impact of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

A comprehensive independent study of the economic impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system for the 2022 shipping season has been released. The binational study, “Economic Impacts of... Read More

Corps of Engineers to Begin Dredging, Beach Nourishment in South Haven

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District will soon begin hydraulically dredging the federal navigation channel and nourishing the South Haven Harbor shoreline. In coordination with the City of... Read More

Construction Continues at the Soo

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Lock at the Soo project remains on schedule as major construction continues with phases 2 and 3 this season.  Joint ventures Kokosing-Alberici (Upstream... Read More

GLS Takes Delivery of Tug Seaway Trident

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) has taken delivery of a new ice-class tugboat for maintenance operations. The Seaway Trident arrived in Massena, New York, on May... Read More

President’s FY2024 Budget Prioritizes Great Lakes Navigation

New details have been provided about President Biden’s FY2024 budget proposal. The budget, which was released on March 9, includes several important programs for the Great Lakes region.  Great Lakes Region... Read More

Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Receives FY 23 Funding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is receiving $37 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 Work Plan for operations and maintenance (O&M) of Detroit District river and harbor... Read More

Coast Guard Finalizes 2023 Great Lakes Pilotage Rates

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Final Rule in the Federal Register outlining U.S. Great Lakes pilotage rates for the 2023 shipping season. The agency had first published... Read More