Maritime Initiatives

U.S. Coast Guard Ramps Up Port and Vessel Cybersecurity Demands

A More Secure Industry In February, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) proposed to update its maritime security regulations. The changes would establish minimum cybersecurity requirements for U.S.-flagged vessels, large passenger... Read More

ICCT Releases Report On Alt-Fuel Study

Benefits and Barriers The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) recently released the findings of a study focused on alternative fuels for the Great Lakes shipping industry. The U.S. Maritime... Read More

New Canadian Maritime Workforce Initiative

Raising Awareness A new maritime workforce development initiative is turning to virtual reality to increase awareness of the benefits of a career in the maritime industry. Imagine Marine (IM), in... Read More

Great Lakes States Receive USDA Forest Service Funding

The Forest Service has awarded $6.28 million in grants to support restoration projects on nonfederal lands in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. In all, 38 projects... Read More

Building a Resilient Network

Ontario starts big push for maritime operations Efforts are underway to expand Ontario’s maritime sector over the next 10 years. The province of Ontario announced a new marine transportation strategy... Read More

Matt Kaplan Nominated as Federal Co-Chair of Great Lakes Authority

President Joe Biden has nominated Matt Kaplan to serve as the first federal co-chair of the Great Lakes Authority (GLA). The GLA was authorized by Congress in 2022 and will... Read More

Testing Underway on AI Platform to Aid Great Lakes Navigation

In a joint effort between the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and the U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS), testing is now underway on a... Read More

Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Proposal & the Great Lakes

The Biden Administration has released its budget proposal for all federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2025, which will begin on October 1. This year’s budget process coincides with FY2024, because... Read More

Investing in the Future

Bi-National Survey Finds Great Lakes is Essential to North American Economy The commitment to solidify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system as an integral part of the North American economy... Read More

Legislation Introduced to Extend Great Lakes Protections

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2024, which extends... Read More

Combating Aquatic Invasive Species

Upgrading Canada’s Ballast Water Treatment Regulation Plans In light of the numerous problems created by aquatic invasive species (AIS), Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken out about this on... Read More