Anticipating a Bright Future

Ontario Shipyards reflects on new name and expanding vision On January 1, 2024, Heddle Shipyards, headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, changed its name to become Ontario Shipyards. Heddle was founded singularly... Read More

Great Lake Cruising Exceeds Expectations

Ports prepare for another busy season The ports and communities that support cruise ships in the Great Lakes just wrapped up their busiest season to date, but the focus is... Read More

Investigating Wind’s Power

National research lab provides a deep dive look at Great Lakes wind energy The possibility and potential of offshore wind (OSW) in the Great Lakes received close attention in a... Read More

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down Slightly in 2023

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes trekked down slightly in 2023. The Lake Carriers’ Association reported that limestone shipments totaled 28.6 million tons in 2023, a decrease of less... Read More

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 20.7 Percent

Iron ore trade on the Great Lakes saw an increase of 20.7 percent compared to 2022. The Lake Carriers’ Association reported the year-end total for iron ore trade stands at... Read More

Help Wanted: The Great Lakes Continues Efforts In Workforce Development

How to build and expand the Great Lakes maritime workforce continues to get close attention from states, colleges and training organizations and maritime trade and business groups. In June, Michigan’s... Read More

Iron Ore Trade Up, Limestone Down in June

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in June, an increase of 47.8 percent from 2022. Shipments were 12.7 percent above the month’s 5-year average.... Read More

Limestone Trade Decreases, Iron Ore Increases for April

Great Lakes limestone shipments totaled 1.9 million net tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent compared to a year ago.  Loadings were below the month’s 5-year average by 11.2 percent. Loadings... Read More

Working To Build Great Lakes And European Commerce

Efforts to expand Great Lakes trade and commerce were the focus of two high-profile, concurrent international events in October. One event, October 3-6, was organized by The Conference of Great... Read More

FY2024 Great Lakes Navigation Budget Breakdown

The Biden Administration has proposed a total of $1.683 billion from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for the Corps’ deep draft coastal navigation O&M program. Of this total, $275... Read More

American Lakers Invest $126 Million in the Great Lakes States

U.S. shipping companies operating exclusively on the Great Lakes transitioned from sailing to the annual process of repairing, maintaining and modernizing their fleet of lakers.  Vessels ranging in length from... Read More