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Shipping News 2017

Potash Loading

#LSN_Shipping   Potash Loading

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, June 2, 2017  (LSN) Cargo volumes in the Port of Thunder Bay were very strong in May, bolstered by significant grain shipments and decade-high potash volumes.


Outbound potash shipments tallied 134,000 metric tonnes in May, the highest monthly volume for the port since April 2007.  The Port of Thunder Bay is the only potash loading point on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System. The majority of potash shipments in May were direct-export to international ports in Brazil and Europe.


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Port of Thunder Bay

#LSN_Shipping    Reactors being transloaded to rail last week at Keefer Terminal

THUNDER BAY, ONARIO, May 3, 2017   (LSN) Thunder Bay Port facilities were kept busy in April with a variety of waterborne cargo.  While grain shipments continued at a strong pace, the diversity of cargoes handled during the month highlighted the port’s versatility.

In addition to grain, shipments of coal and potash rounded out dry bulk exports from Western Canada.  Other bulk cargoes included inbound commodities for local distribution: road salt, liquid calcium chloride, and liquid petroleum.


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#LSN_Shipping  First Saltie

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  April 10, 2017  (LSN) The Barbados-registered vessel M.V. Federal Schelde became the first ocean-going “Salty” vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2017 navigation season.  The vessel berthed at G3 Elevator Thursday morning, April 6.  The vessel is loading 21,000 metric tonnes of Western Canadian Canola for direct export to Rouen, France. 
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Intermodal container terminal in Twin Ports Duluth - Monday, March 27, 2017
Port of Duluth Superior
CN Duluth Cargo Connet

#LSN_Shipping   Photo by:  Duluth Cargo Connect   Intermodal container terminal in Twin Ports Duluth

Duluth, March 27, 2017 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Duluth Cargo Connect today announced a new alliance establishing the first rail-served intermodal container ramp in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis.

Duluth Cargo Connect, a working partnership of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, will operate the rail-served facility at the port’s Clure Public Marine Terminal.

Opening CN’s newest intermodal location here in Duluth instantly connects our region to containerized imports and exports via CN’s rail network, avoiding the congestion in large urban intermodal facilities,” said Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “Our truck traffic has grown exponentially in recent years, and now we’ve partnered with CN to bring a whole new mode of efficient transportation services to the Twin Ports.”
JJ Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: “CN’s innovative partnership with Duluth Cargo Connect

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Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Roger Blough

#LSN_Shipping   Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m.  Photo by Paul Scinocca

Duluth, Minn., USA -  March 22, 2017  (LSN)  What a glorious way to start the day!  First light, first laker.  The Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m. today – heralding the official start of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Port of Duluth-Superior.

 The first U.S.-flag laker Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m. today departed the Port of Duluth-Superior , Wed.,  March 22, signaling the start of the 2017 commercial shipping season at this, the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.
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Cutter Alder starts breaking ice Thursday - Monday, March 13, 2017
Cutter Alder Duluth
Cutter Alder #LSN_Shipping

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — March 13, 2017  (LSN) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is scheduled to commence spring break out operations in the Duluth-Superior area Thursday.
These operations will continue periodically over the next few days and weeks to prepare regional waterways for the start of the Great Lakes commercial navigation season.

Initially, ice breaking operations will occur inside the Duluth and Superior Harbors. The ice breaking work will expand in the following days to prepare Two Harbors, Minnesota; Taconite Harbor, Minnesota; Silver Bay, Minnesota; and Thunder Bay, Ontario for commercial ship movements. read more ...
Iron Ore Trade Kicks Off 2017 Shipping Season - Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Paul R. Tregurtha
Iron Ore 2017 Season starts   #LSN_Shipping

CLEVELAND, OHIO  March 1, 2017  (LSN) The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season begins February 28th, when the U.S.-flag tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER departs her winter lay-up berth in Erie, Pennsylvania, and sails to Cleveland, Ohio, where she will initiate the shuttle of iron ore from Cleveland Bulk Terminal to the ArcelorMittal steel mill at the end of the navigable portion of the Cuyahoga River on Wednesday.  The vessel will load approximately 15,000 tons that was mined from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.

The next vessel to get underway will be the cement carrier BRADSHAW MCKEE/ST. MARYS CONQUEST on March 1.  The vessel will depart Charlevoix, Michigan, with 8,000 tons of cement for Milwaukee.

The western coal trade will resumed on March 22 when the PAUL R. TREGURTHA loads 62,000 tons at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, for delivery to the power plant in Silver Bay, Minnesota. read more ...
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board appointments - Friday, January 27, 2017
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board appointment  #LSN_Shipping

Duluth, Minn., USA  -- Jan. 26, 2017     (LSN)  At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority-Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall.

Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O'Neil. At the time, he was a member of the Duluth City Council. He was reelected last November for a four-year term. As a county commissioner, he has chaired the Public Safety Committee and currently chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. Boyle has been active in the community as a member of the Friends of the Lakewalk and the Duluth Preservation Alliance. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters and live in Duluth. His appointment to the Port Authority Board runs through Dec. 31, 2017. read more ...
U.S.-Flag Fleets to Keep Great Lakes Shipyards Busy - Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  #LSN_Shipping

CLEVELAND January 4, 2017  (LSN) Temperatures are dropping, but the pace at Great Lakes shipyards is heating up.  Winter is their busiest time and this year is no exception.  U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators are going to spend more than $80 million to maintain and modernize their vessels for the 2017 shipping season.

“Once again Lake Carriers’ Association members are demonstrating their commitment to Great Lakes shipping,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of the trade association representing the major U.S.-flag carriers.  “As a Department of Homeland Security report has emphasized, many steel mills, power plants and stone quarries do not have viable alternatives for the shipment of their raw materials.  If the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet is not primed to meet the needs of commerce in 2017, industrial activity and hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs would be in jeopardy.  This year’s winter work program ensures the vessels will be ready.”

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Outflows Lake Superior January 2017 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Lake Superior Outflows

LAKE SUPERIOR OUTFLOWS January 2017  #LSN_Shipping

 THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  January 3, 2017  (LSN) The net water supplies to Lake Superior were above average in December. The level of Lake Superior declined 8 cm (3 in), which is the average decline in December. The Lake Superior level at the beginning-of-January is 14 cm (6 in) above average, 8 cm (3 in) below the level recorded a year ago at this time, and 30 cm (12 in) above its chart datum level.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,400 cubic meters per second (m3/s) (84.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of January, effective January 4th. The outflow is being set to the normal maximum winter flow prescribed by Plan 2012, and may at times vary due to weather events and changes in hydrologic and ice conditions. read more ...

Shipping News 2016

Grain and project cargo dominate - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"Polsteam Resko loading grain   #LSN_Shipping

Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2016) – “The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System saw a steady flow of traditional cargoes during the month of October,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.  “Last month, shipments of aluminum, steel, generators, crane components, iron ore and containerized goods moved in the system.  Thanks to a robust U.S and Canadian grain crop, agricultural products including corn, soy beans, wheat and sugar beet pellets made up the majority of the exported cargos.”   Many of the ships that traded in the Seaway System this month will most likely make one last call before the end of the 2016 navigation season.   read more ...
St. Lawrence Seaway sees slight uptick in August traffic - Thursday, September 15, 2016

St. Lawrence Seaway sees slight uptick in August traffic #LSN_Econ

Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2016) – “As we approach the mid-year point of the 2016 navigation season we continue to see a diversified mix of cargoes moving throughout the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Cargo diversification is an important factor in keeping our Great Lakes ports busy, and that was clearly reflected in last month’s Seaway traffic.”   read more ...
Lake Superior Outflows to increase in July - Sunday, July 10, 2016
Lake Superior Outflows

Lake Superior Outflows to increase in July #LSN_Shipping

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   July 10, 2016  (LSN) The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,890 cubic meters per second (m3/s) (102.1 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of July, effective July 1st.  The July outflow is 70 m3/s (2.5 tcfs) more than that prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012. read more ...
Soo Locks open for 2016 season - Saturday, March 26, 2016

Soo Locks open for 2016 season #LSNshipping

Samuel Risley Canadian Ice Breaker

 Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2016) – The Canadian Ice Breaker Samuel Risley, breaking ice in Thunder Bay harbour, Friday. At 12:01 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2016 shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario  to the Atlantic Ocean. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building. 

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Shipping Season underway Port of Duluth-Superior - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shipping Season underway  Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping


Edwin H. Gott

 Duluth, Minn., USA (March 22, 2016 ----Shortly after4 a.m. Tuesday, , the Edwin H. Gott, is  moved from its winter berth at the Clure Public Marine Terminal – first to fuel, then to depart mid-morning beneath Duluth’s famed Aerial Bridge en route to the CN Dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Shortly thereafter, another ship in the Great Lakes Fleet, the Philip R. Clark, also will fuel and head to Two Harbors.  Both vessels, with deliveries to make to steel mills on the Lower Lakes, will proceed across Lake Superior toward Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to ‘line up’ in a downbound queue to await the opening of the Soo Locks at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 25.  [Note: The Welland Canal opened at 8 a.m. today; the Montreal/Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway opens Wednesday. 

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Seaway Opens Two Weeks Earlier - Monday, March 21, 2016

Seaway Opens Two Weeks Earlier #LSNshipping

CSL Thunder Bay Welland

 Washington, DC (March 21, 2016) – The U.S. and Canadian Seaway  Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway’s 58th navigation season today, with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ Thunder Bay through Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.  The ship, carrying a load of road salt, will be replenishing stocks depleted by ice storms which repeatedly struck Eastern Canada over the winter.  

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Shipping News 2015

Bringing the Keewatin Back To Canada - Monday, July 27, 2015

Bringing the Keewatin Back To Canada #LSNshipping

The  Assiniboia and the Keewatin completed her last voyage in December 1965. The ships traveled between Fort William, now Thunder Bay, and Port McNicoll 

By  Kevin Griffin

In June of 2012, I was privileged to be invited to join the s.s. Keewatin for her tow from Mackinaw City, Michigan, to her old home port of Port McNicoll, Ontario. The Keewatin is not only the last  Canadian Pacific passenger ship, but also the world’s last surviving Edwardian passenger liner. My connection with her is that at the age of seventeen, in the summer before I entered university, I landed my first real job working as a waiter on her sister ship Assiniboia.

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CWB Marquis Christen at the Port of Thunder Bay - Monday, July 27, 2015

CWB Marquis Christen at the Port of Thunder Bay #LSNshipping

WB Marquis Christening

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   jULY 23, 2015  ---  CWB christened its first Equinox class laker vessel, CWB Marquis, in Thunder Bay at Mission Terminal on July 22, 2015. Pronounced Mar-kwiss, it was named after the historic "Marquis" wheat variety, the first variety bred specifically for the short Canadian growing season. Its consistent high quality and yield set the stage for Canada to become a first-class wheat exporter.

Dayna Spiring, CWB’s Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, served as the ship’s sponsor, performing the honour of breaking the traditional bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow while the CWB Marquis’ name was unveiled.

Around 100 people from the marine and grain communities were at the ship’s christening, which was the first in Thunder Bay since 1983. 

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Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May   #LSNshipping

Great Lakes Seaway Profile

 Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2015) – The month of May was a busy one at U.S. ports along the Great Lakes Seaway System.

“Our Canadian and European trading partners kept U.S. Great Lakes ports extremely busy during the month of May,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Over 100 vessels arrived in the Great Lakes Seaway System carrying cargoes of windmill components, aluminum, clay, steel and iron ore.  Our ports are certainly ramping up for what looks to be another robust navigation season.”

While it may take awhile for shipments of iron ore and other bulk commodities to rebound, the 2015 shipping season is shaping up to be a strong year for project cargo at the Port of Duluth-Superior with upwards of 20 vessels booked so far 

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Lake Superior June outflows to increase - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lake Superior June outflows to increase

International Lake Superior Board of Control.

 THUNBDER BAY, ON  ---   June 2, 2015  ---  The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2640 cubic metres per second (m3/s) for the month of June, effective June 3rd. The June outflow is expected to exceed the combined capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River, which will be approximately 1974 m3/s in June, and the excess flow will be released through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids.

The gate setting of the control structure will be increased to an equivalent of approximately four gates fully open in June. The gate change will be conducted in two stages to help facilitate flow measurements at the rapids.  

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Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May  #LSNshipping

 The International Lake Superior Board of Control

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   April 29, 2015 ---  The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), expects to increase the Lake Superior outflow for the month of May. The increased outflow is expected to exceed the capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River in May, and therefore excess will beeleased through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids. The outflow of Lake Superior will be adjusted over the next several months to accommodate expected maintenance at he hydropower plants, and to reduce the potential for adverse consequences of high and fluctuating flows in the St. Marys Rapids.


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Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded - Monday, April 27, 2015

Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded #LSNshipping

Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded
Cargo from the grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi (right) is offloaded onto a barge as lightering operations commenced to refloat the vessel April 25, 2015. The Mississagi became grounded early Wednesday while transiting downbound the St. Marys River near De Tour Village. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Traverse City)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi was successfully refloated on the St. Marys River following operations to offload approximately 2,000 tons of stone, Saturday.

The motor vessel, carrying more than 17,000 tons of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario early Wednesday when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay, approximately 4 miles northeast of De Tour Village.


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Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River

 Mississagi sits aground
The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015.

The Mississagi is a 603-foot bulk carrier.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan —---  April 23, 2015  ---  The Coast Guard is responding to a 603-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.
The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario, when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay approximately 4 miles northeast of De Tour Village.

There are no reported injuries to the crew and no reported pollution.
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 Thunder Bay, Ontario ---- Montreal,  ---   April 15, 2015 ----  Fednav Limited, the largest Canadian operator of international ships in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, today announced an order for 12 ballast water treatment systems to equip its ships currently under construction. This makes Fednav the first shipping company in Canada and the Great Lakes to announce the installation of ballast water treatment systems, well before the regulatory requirement.

"Our company is committed to stimulating trade and enhancing Canada’s economy while protecting the Great Lakes against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species,” said Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “After extensive analysis and testing, we are confident that the technology we are choosing is an affordable and effective means to ensure that Canada meets its ballast water requirements. We are proud to be leading the way, along with government and industry partners, in establishing a level playing field for the Canadian, U.S., and international fleets to operate together in the Great Lakes region.” 

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Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping

Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Alder

 U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior, creating tracks that will enable 18 vessels currently being staged to continue transiting to and from the lower Great Lakes, April 7, 2015. Ongoing ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. –  April 8, 2015  --- The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard continue to break ice on eastern Lake Superior for vessels that are waiting to transit to and from the lower Great Lakes.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Alder are teaming up with the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Samuel Risley to create tracks that will enable vessels to continue transiting with cargo to and from various ports. A second Canadian Coast Guard Cutter, Pierre Radisson, is expected to arrive in the area this afternoon.   


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SEAWAY OPENS 57th NAVIGATION SEASON #LSNshipping - Saturday, April 4, 2015


CWB Marquis

CWB Ship Opens Season, Seaway Looks to Repeat 2014’s Cargo Record

Washington, DC (April 2, 2015) – The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway’s 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock. The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB that are being purpose-built for trade in the Great Lakes Seaway System. In 2014, over 12 million tons of grain moved through the Seaway, the highest volume recorded since the beginning of the 21st century.

“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System provides global access to the heartland of North America, where opportunities abound,” said U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Administrator Betty Sutton. “Through a new Regional Outreach Initiative, we are working to expand our reach and role across the Great Lakes region - North America’s ‘Opportunity Belt’. Helping our cities, states, and provinces in the Great Lakes region realize further economic growth and productivity via our binational waterway is the overarching point. Additionally, the significant financial investments we are making in infrastructure and new technologies through our Asset Renewal Program are enabling the entire Great Lakes Seaway System to realize increased safety and efficiencies.” read more ...
Poe Lock Opened #LSNshipping - Friday, March 27, 2015

 Poe Lock Opened  #LSNshipping

Soo Locks Opened

 The Soo opened at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. 2015, the Edwin H. Gott owned by the Great Lakes Fleet at the Poe Lock and she was the first ship of the 2015 shipping season.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  March 25, 2015  --– At 12:01 a.m. today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building. read more ...
Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing #LSNshipping - Friday, March 27, 2015
CoastGuard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing  #LSNshipping


Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping (copy)

CLEVELAND, OHIO —--  March 27, 2015 --- The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.

Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures, and rain has caused plate ice to weaken, creating large and small ice floes through the Great Lakes and its river systems. read more ...
2015 Shipping Season to get underway Monday in Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping - Saturday, March 21, 2015

2015 Shipping Season to get underway Monday in Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping

Mesabi Miner

Mesabi Miner headed out into Lake Superior through the Duluth Ship Canal 2013

Duluth, Minn., USA (March 20, 2015)—The first two U.S.-flag lakers are on schedule to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior on Monday, March 23,  signaling the start of the 2015 commercial shipping season at this end of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

On Sunday morning, the John G. Munson, with an assist from Heritage Marine tugs, is set to move from its winter berth at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to first fuel at the Port Terminal then shift over to the CN Duluth Dock to load 24,000 short tons of iron ore pellets. On Monday morning, the Munson is slated to depart beneath the Aerial Bridge, destined for Gary, Indiana.  

Late Monday afternoon/early evening, the Mesabi Miner is expected to depart from the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal with some 57,000 tons of coal onboard for the power plant at Taconite Harbor. After making that delivery, the 1,000-footer will return to the Twin Ports for a couple of days of scheduled maintenance work and to load its next coal cargo.

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Shipping News

Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new CFO

Duluth, Minn. USA (12/1/14) – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named a new Chief Financial Officer – just the third CFO in its history. Kevin Beardsley officially joins the staff on Kevin Beardsley Duluth Seaway Port AuthorityDec. 1, 2014, bringing with him 20 years of experience in accounting, taxation, financial management and strategic planning. Beardsley succeeds John Kubow, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the Port Authority.

     A Two Harbors native, Beardsley, a CPA, has directed the financial operations of a handful of dynamic organizations in this region. His early experience as credit manager at a vehicle dealership in Two Harbors (Benna Ford) led to a position as controller for Flatwater Fleet, Inc., a family-owned, international manufacturing company based in Saginaw, Minn., that designs custom drill rig support trucks. He returned to work in Two Harbors in 2000 to become office manager for Cooperative Light and Power, overseeing its financial operations and strategic planning for six years. Most recently, Beardsley has been part of the management team at Midwest Energy Resources Co. in Superior, Wis., serving as the company’s manager of financial services since 2008.     

      In making the announcement, Port Authority Executive Director Vanta Coda highlighted Beardsley’s broad range of credentials and knowledge of Great Lakes shipping. “What’s most impressive about Kevin’s skill set is the breadth of experience he’s packed into one career. His work has encompassed managing resources at small privately owned companies, an energy cooperative and a large corporation. He has been a steward of financial reporting for a publicly transparent organization similar to ours and is familiar with accounting procedures as they relate to working with Federal funds. His connection to the Great Lakes and familiarity with the energy industry, commodities movement and multimodal transportation will be valuable additions to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority team.” 
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Port of Duluth adds Government & Environmental Affairs Director 

Duluth, Minn. USA ----  July 28, 2014 --- The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes aboard a Government and Environmental Affairs Director this week. Deborah DeLuca, Deborah DeLuca Port of Duluthdistinguished expert on redevelopment projects and environmental policy, officially joins the staff on July 29.

    DeLuca is a founding board member of Minnesota Brownfields, a nonprofit established to ensure the effective reuse of brownfield sites across the state. As principal of DeLuca Strategies for 14 years, she has provided advice to public, private and non-profit sector clients. Her areas of expertise include grant-writing, development/implementation of funding strategies, project management, government relations and outreach education. Over the course of her career, DeLuca has secured over $25 million in state, local and federal funding for clients and helped manage over 40 of those associated grants.

    Port Authority Executive Director Vanta Coda pointed to DeLuca’s unique blend of management credentials and public policy expertise in making the announcement. “Rare is it to find one individual skilled at navigating the equally complex environmental and political landscapes.  Deb joins our leadership team at a strategic time, when our economic development mission is at the fore. As we embark on redevelopment ventures on the waterfront and in other parts of the city, the Port Authority will rely heavily on her expertise in interpreting environmental regulations and legislative policy plus grant execution to leverage projects to successful outcomes.”  Lake Superior News  read more....>

Minnesota Power, Duluth Port reach wind shipment milestone

Duluth, Minn.—-  July 18, 2014 -------   Minnesota Power and the Duluth Port will reach a milestone

this weekend when the 15th ship bearing wind generation equipment destined for
Minnesota Power’s growing renewable energy installation in North Dakota sails into the
harbor beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The BBC cargo ship, Peter Roenna is expected to arrive in Duluth late Sunday night carrying over
two dozen renewable wind energy components after a voyage from Brande, Denmark, where the
equipment is manufactured by Siemens A.G. Two other shiploads of Siemens wind equipment
bound for North Dakota arrived at the port in June; two more are expected before the end of

Since the port first started handing these project cargoes for Minnesota Power, a total of 15
shiploads of wind energy equipment – including these nacelle cooling units and generators – have
crossed the Atlantic Ocean, sailing through the Saint Lawrence Seaway and across the Great
Lakes into Duluth. The components are then loaded onto trucks for delivery to the Bison Wind
Energy Center near New Salem, N.D.  Lake Superior News read more.....>


Saint John, New Brunswick, Thursday, June 12, 2014 – This sixth year of evaluating the environmental performance of Green Marine participants shows that the maritime Green Marine transportation industry continues to go well beyond regulatory compliance. Green Marine unveiled its participants’ 2013 results last night during GreenTech 2014. The annual conference is being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, from June 10th to 12th. The report card also reflects how shipowners, ports and terminals are taking concrete environmental actions, notably to improve air quality in their port communities.

The 2013 global average of the participants continued an upward curve and reached 3.1 on a scale of 1 to 5. (Level 1 shows regulatory compliance and Level 5 illustrates excellence and leadership). Reaching Level 3 is demanding: participants must benchmark their environmental impacts and have implemented best practices and management plans. ‘’These results show our members’ commitment to sustainability with the global average  continually improving since Green Marine’s inception in 2007 despite a more stringent program, additional performance indicators, and several new participants joining the program,’’ said Mr. Greg Wight, Green Marine’s Chair of the Board.

‘’Green Marine offers a detailed framework for maritime companies to reduce their environmental footprint and has proven its effectiveness to inspire participants to go beyond regulatory compliance,” said Mr. Jamie Fortune,  Chief Operating Officer for Ducks Unlimited Canada, one of 40 Green Marine supporters that have endorsed Green Marine and help to shape the environmental program.  

Green Marine is certifying participants from all over Canada and United States, including the East Coast, the West Coast, the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. The 2013 performance report includes individual results for all participants and is available at Lake Superior News read more.....>



St. Catharines, Ontario (March 28, 2014) – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the Algoma Equinoxtransit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

 “Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC. “The Seaway alone is spending almost $500 million on modernizing its infrastructure — the biggest transformation in five decades.”

“The Algoma Equinox carries more cargo, sails faster, consumes significantly less fuel and is the first Great Lakes vessel to be equipped with a scrubbing system that virtually eliminates sulphur oxide from its emissions.  These advancements will benefit communities throughout the region and also ensure that our customers —North American industries and farmers — remain competitive on the global stage,” said Algoma Central Corporation’s President and CEO Greg Wight. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

First Lakers of the 2014 Shipping Season to depart Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend

Duluth, Minn. ---- March 21, 2014-- – Near record-setting thick and fast ice across the Great Lakes has slowed the start of the 2014 Heritage Marine tug, the Helen Hnavigation season. However, traffic is set to start moving in the Port of Duluth-Superior as early as midday tomorrow – Sat., March 22 – with the anticipated departure of two Great Lakes Fleet carriers: the Cason J. Callaway and the Presque Isle. Both will head to Two Harbors, where they will load iron ore pellets bound for steel mills on the Lower Lakes. Plans are to have a third fleet mate that wintered in the Twin Ports – the John G. Munson – join them in Two Harbors to load on Sunday or Monday. All three vessels are operated by Key Lakes, Inc., and all have reinforced hulls able to withstand significant ice pressure here at the Head of the Lakes.

Heritage Marine tug, the Helen H., worked Thursday to break ice in the slip where the Presque Isle wintered in anticipation of her weekend departure from the Port of Duluth-Superior Lake Superior News  read more.....>


 Ice BreaKing In Duluth Starts Tuesday

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — March 3, 2014  ----   The Coast Guard is alerting residents of ice-breaking activities in the ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., beginning Tuesday, Coast Guard Cutter Alder March 4, 2014  in preparation for the 2014 shipping season.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Duluth, will commence ice-breaking operations in Duluth Harbor and out into Lake Superior.

The area in which the Alder crew plans to ice break included ice-covered areas commonly used by recreational users, such as Superior Front Channel,  the Superior and Duluth Harbor basins and entry channels, East Gate, and the area adjacent to Minnesota Point in Lake Superior.

These ice-breaking efforts will expand and increase in frequency as the ice and requests of shipping require. This will include all navigable waters in and around the ports of Duluth and Superior, as well as the waters of Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Two Harbors in Minnesota. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

Last Saltie of Duluth Season

DULUTH, MN -----   December 21, 2013  ---  The Orsula left the Port of Duluth-Superior loaded with durum wheat Thursday night, Dec. 19.

Orsula John A. Simenson/Courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority Shown in the attached photo, the saltie departed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge just before 7 p.m., marking the end of the 2013 shipping season for oceangoing vessels here in the Twin Ports. ‘Laker’ traffic will continue into mid-January.  
The last oceangoing vessel to call on the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2013 shipping season 

The Orsula arrived Sunday to load a total of nearly 22,000 metric tons (24,250 short tons) of durum wheat at the CHS and Gavilon grain terminals in Superior. Bound for Italy, the Orsula will be the last saltie to make a full transit this season of the 2,340-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Lake Superior News   read more....>

Algoma Equinox loads iron ore Port of Duluth-Superior

DULUTH MN   -----  December 13, 2013  --- Port of Duluth-Superior – Algoma Central Corporation’s brand 

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new ship – the Algoma Equinox – made her way into the Port of Duluth-Superior on Wednesday to load iron ore for Cleveland Cliffs at the BNSF Railway Dock in Superior. This marked the ship’s first full transit of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway since arriving in the system last week. 

Her maiden voyage.  The Algoma Equinox departed the Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries Algoma Equinox loads iron ore Port of Duluth-Superiorshipyard in Nantong, China on Oct. 1, transiting 14,700 nautical miles over the course of 61 days. After making her way through the Panama Canal in mid-November, the vessel arrived in Canada for its first load iron ore from ArcelorMittal Mining Canada in Port Cartier, Quebec, on Dec. 1. The ship departed the following day en route to Hamilton, with her first official cargo to unload at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco dock – officially entering the Seaway for the first time at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal on Dec. 3. The iron ore pellets loaded at BNSF in Superior are headed to Quebec City. The Algoma Equinox arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior under the command of Captain Seann O’Donoughue (though it was Captain Prakash Rao at her helm during the voyage from China to Canada).Lake Superior News read more....>

New Port Authority Director Coda  named in DuluthelorMittal Mining Canada in Port Cartier, Quebec, on Dec. 1. The ship departed the following day en route to Hamilton, with her first official cargo to unload at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco dock – officially entering the Seaway for the first time at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal on Dec. 3. The iron ore pellets loaded at BNSF in Superior are headed to Quebec City. The Algoma Equinox arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior under the command of Captain Seann O’Donoughue (though it was Captain Prakash Rao at her helm during the voyage from China to Canada). Lake Superior News   read more......>

Duluth, Minn. USA (9/19/13) - The Duluth Seaway Port Authority will be welcoming a new Executive Director on Oct. 1. Transportation executive Vanta E. Coda II was Port of Duluth Transportation executive Vanta E. Coda IIofficially appointed to that position at today's Port Authority Board of Commissioners' meeting in Duluth.   

 He succeeds Adolph Ojard, who announced in May his decision to retire and who will be leaving Sept. 30 after more than a decade at the helm of the agency, capping a career in the maritime and transportation industries that spanned 40-plus years. 
 Mr. Coda, 46, brings to this leadership post over 20 years of experience in multi-modal transportation and logistics. Much like Ojard, he began his career in the rail industry and, similarly, is leaving a management position in the Gulf to move to Duluth.

 During his career, Coda developed expertise in transportation marketing and sales, pricing, and financial analysis working with a wide array of customers and across many commodity lines including coal, aggregate, chemicals, petroleum, steel, wind generation and heavy-lift products. He has had responsibility for moving product via inland waterways (brown water) and across oceans (blue water) alike, as well as by rail and truck across North America.
 Coda started his career in Chicago in 1993 with the Illinois Central Railroad, eventually becoming Director of Marketing and Sales following its merger with the Canadian National Railway.  Having played a key role in CN's strategic planning for chemical transport, he was hired by the Westlake Group of Companies in 2000 to manage all logistics for its vinyls subsidiary. Five years later, he was recruited by American Commercial Lines to be Director of Regional Sales in the Gulf, during which time he managed an international account portfolio that included expansion of its project cargo business including the company’s first wind generation movement.  Most recently, he served as Director of Fuel Transportation for Dynegy Inc. in Houston, Texas.Lake Superior News 
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MV Thunder Bay  CSL modernizing its fleet

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 8, 2013 ---   That’s right; Canada Steamship Lines newest ship is named after the city of Thunder Bay. Already it is earning its keep sailing the Great Lakes. Presently the Thunder Bay is docked at Sault St. Marie.

The new ship was built in China and delivered to CSL this year. The ship is flagged in Canada and caries a Canadian crew of 15 – 18.

Here are some of the things that make the trillium class vessels stand out from the rest. They are more fuel efficient. This vessel will save the company on the order of 750 tonnes of fuel each season. At the price of fuel these days that 15% increase in fuel efficiency will allow the vessel to compete more vigorously for shipping contracts in the future.  Not only does the ship consume less fuel it also produces fewer emissions.  Lake Superior News read more.....>

Coast Guard responds to sunken tug in St. Marys River

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich   -----  July 1,2013  ---- Coast Guard crews are continuing to respond Monday to a tug that sank in the upper St. Marys River and has been located near hammond-bay-sunken-tuglighted buoy 35.

At 3:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was contacted by the crew of the tug Bill Maier, which was towing three barges and the tug Hammond Bay when the crew lost sight of the Hammond Bay.

A boatcrew aboard a 26-foot Trailerable Aids-to-Navigation Boat, from Coast Guard Station Sault Ste Marie, Mich., provides a safety zone around the sunken tug Hammond Bay in the St. Marys River, July 1, 2013. The sunken tug is under 27 feet of water and is not impacting maritime traffic along the river. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lucas Monaghan)

After securing the barges, the Bill Maier’s crew attempted to locate the lost tug. They reported finding an oil sheen and a life ring from the lost tug, which led them to believe that the tug had sunk.

There was no one aboard the tug Hammond Bay at the time it became lost. The tugs Bill Maier and Hammond Bay are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Superior News read more.....>



St. Lambert, Quebec ---- March 22, 2013 ---– The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Baie St. Paul Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) Corporation (SLSMC) announced today the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed specifically for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Baie St. Paul ushers in a new era in domestic shipping.

“Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) ranks prominently among a number of Canadian shipowners who are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to build new vessels, testifying to the confidence these firms have in the future of the Great Lakes-Seaway System,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC. “The new vessels coming into service will bolster marine transportation’s competitive edge as the most energy efficient means of moving cargo.” Lake Superior News read more....>

Sure sign of spring

Duluth, Minn., USA (March 20, 2013)—- he Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot Icebreaker homeported in Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, Poe LockCheboygan, Mich., passes through the Poe Lock, one of five locks that make up the Soo Locks in Northern Michigan,

U.S.-flag lakers will begin moving in the Port of Duluth-Superior this week as the 2013 commercial shipping season gets underway on the far western edge of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. The Mesabi Miner is expected to be the port’s first departure of the season, set for late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
The Miner is scheduled to begin loading coal Tuesday morning (March 19) at the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal after which the 1,000-footer will move to the Port Terminal to load and install a drive motor for its conveyor system prior to making a cross-lake delivery to Marquette.  She’ll return to Duluth over the weekend to load iron ore at the CN dock then head to Indiana Harbor.  The Canadian-flag CSL Tadoussac is also set to head to Duluth this weekend (from winter layup in Thunder Bay) to load iron ore pellets at CN. Lake Superior News 
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 Duluth Seaway Port Authority Names New Industrial/Economic Development Director

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. – December 14, 2012 ---  The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named Jeff Borling Duluth Seaway Port AuthorityJeff Borling its new Director of Industrial/Economic Development, effective January 1, 2013.   Borling has spent the majority of his professional career in the economic development arena. He joins the Port Authority after nearly seven years with APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion), helping to drive regional investment activity and job growth.

 The business development executive began his career at APEX handing the agency’s research and communications efforts. Since 2010, he has served as director of business development for the Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), headquartered in Grand Rapids, Minn. For eight months this year, he served as IEDC’s interim president and CEO. Lake Superior News read more.....>


THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  December 5, 2012  ---  The month of December has started off strong in the Port of Thunder Port of Thunder BayBay, following a dip in cargo shipments in November.  Forty-one vessels carried over 860,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the port during November, about six percent shy of the month’s 5-year average.

Vessel traffic is robust so far for the month of December.  Fifteen vessels were in port over the first two days of the month, with another three calling December 3.  There are currently eight (8) vessels loading in the port: six with grain and one each with potash and pulp.   

Grain shipments for 2012 continue to be strong, and current projections suggest that grain tonnage and overall port tonnage will surpass last year’s totals.  As of November 30, shipments of wheat, the port’s most plentiful grain, are up 8% over last year.  Shipments of canola, the port’s second-most shipped grain, are below last year’s record-high numbers, but still about 20% above the five-year average. Lake Superior News read more.....>

The ice is coming! The ice is coming!

DULUTH, MN  ----  December 5, 2012  -- The cold season is upon us here in the 9th Coast Guard District. As the month of December has begun and the official winter season nears, we are all preparing for the ice to come. Operational seasonality is an on-going reality for all of us who currently call the Great Lakes region home.

Just as the summer months bring a hectic schedule due to increased search and rescue and law enforcement cases, the winter brings a hectic schedule full of ice maintenance operations including search and rescue, ice-breaking and aids-to-navigation. With the ice that forms on the vast waters of the Great Lakes comes the high probability of damage to the vital aids-to-navigation that dot the Great Lakes.

The 9th Coast Guard District’s aids to navigation system facilitates safe and efficient maritime activity in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway region by marking safe passage for domestic, international, commercial and recreational vessel traffic. The Coast Guard manages 3,127 fixed and floating federal aids in the region. Lake Superior News  read more...>

Coast Guard, Chicago's Christmas delivery of 1,300 Christmas trees

CHICAGO – December 1, 2012  --The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving as this year’s Christmas Ship and Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas treesloaded with 1,300 Christmas trees, is scheduled to return to Chicago Friday at 8 a.m., for a two-day event depicting what was an annual Chicago tradition in the early 1900s.

The re-enactment by the Mackinaw and Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee continues a treasured piece of Chicago’s maritime tradition.

Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas trees onto the ship in preparation for its journey to Chicago, Nov. 20, 2012.

The Mackinaw is once again serving as the Christmas Ship, re-enacting an annual tradition which began in the late 1800s by Captain Herman Schuenemann until he and his crew perished aboard the Rouse Simmons in a storm in November of 1912.

The schooner Rouse Simmons was the original Christmas Ship that came to Chicago from Michigan for more than 30 years with fresh evergreens and wreaths for the holiday season during the early 1900s. On Nov. 23, 1912, while transiting from Michigan, the Rouse Simmons was lost in a storm and sank with a crew of 16 between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wis.  Lake Superior News read more....>

Yorktown’s arrivals in Duluth

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A.— August 1, 20122  ---  Yorktown’s arrival at 5:56 a.m. this morning in Duluth .  The M/V Yorktown made its maiden voyage into the Great Lakes in MV Yorktown Vist DuluthJune of this year and has been entertaining passengers on a series of discovery cruises along this inland waterway ever since. On Wed., Aug. 1, the US-flag cruise ship is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior and dock behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the day.

               Owned and operated by Travel Dynamics International of New York, the 138-passenger vessel is expected to arrive at 6 a.m. and should complete disembarkation by 9 a.m.  Outbound passengers will begin boarding the vessel late that afternoon, with departure set for 11:30 p.m. via the Duluth ship canal.  Those outbound passengers will end up in Detroit following an 11-day transit being called “Great Lakes Grand Discovery” – a route with stops in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron. Lake Superior News read more....>

Special shipment heading to Calgary

Duluth, Minn. (USA) – May, 4, 2012  ----  In the wee hours of Saturday (May 5) – most likely before sunrise – a newly christened oceangoing vessel, the Clipper Gemini, Clipper Geminiis expected to sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior.  It’s not often that Duluth ends up being a port of call on a ship’s maiden voyage from Hong Kong!

The 393-foot Bahamian-flag vessel was loaded in and left Kobe, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2012. En route to Duluth, she wound her way around the globe via Xingang, China; Songkhla, Thailand; Singapore; the Suez Canal; Gibralter; Poole, UK; and Hamburg and Rostok, Germany, before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 28. She made one last stop in Valleyfield (Quebec) before arriving in the Twin Ports.
Over the weekend, crews from Lake Superior Warehousing Co. will discharge its breakbulk cargo of gas and steam turbine/generator components for a large electricity generation project (including six heavy-lift units) at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, the port’s only breakbulk terminal. From Duluth, the cargo will move its final leg via specialized railcar and truck to the ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Lake Superior News
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Historic film on grain handling online for first time

THUNDER BAY, ON  --  March 2, 2012  ---    A train rushes across the Prairies, taking railcars of grain from country Thunder Bay Grain Elevatorelevators to terminal elevators at Thunder Bay, Ontario. It's a scene that could be from any year. But this train is a steam engine and the year is 1955, as seen in the documentary "Grain Handling in Canada" which is available for the first time online.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Grain Commission has joined with the National Film Board to make "Grain Handling in Canada" available online. While the film is housed on the National Film Board's site at, the Canadian Grain Commission offers a link to the film on its 1951-1960 timeline at The 23-minute, colour film follows grain from harvest to export and describes the role of the Board of Grain Commissioners (as the Canadian Grain Commission was known at the time).

"What really struck me when I watched this film is that the Canadian Grain Commission's role in grain quality, quantity and safety assurance is as important today as it was nearly 50 years ago," says Elwin Hermanson, Chief Grain Commissioner. "People will enjoy seeing the old harvesting equipment and wooden elevators, but I think the real value is in seeing how our commitment to Canadian producers and the grain sector hasn't changed." Lake Superior News  read more.....>

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City honored for volunteer efforts

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was presented with the "Caught Thriving Award" by Traverse City State Bank on Air Station Traverse City HonoredThursday at a ceremony at the air station.

The Caught Thriving Award is given monthly to local businesses and organizations that are helping the area to thrive.

The air station was recognized for its many volunteer efforts.  Members of the air station are helping the community through various volunteer efforts and outreach programs, including a mentorship program with students at Traverse Heights Elementary School, partnership with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, volunteering with United Way, coaching youth sports teams, assisting with Special Olympics events, and supporting other programs. Lake Superior News
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CGC Biscane Bay Frees Vessel Manistee

CLEVELAND, Ohio ---- January 28, 2012 --- The crew of a Coast Guard cutter came to the aid of two vessels that became beset by ice in the Straits of Vessel ManisteeMackinac Friday night and Saturday morning.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in St. Ignace, Mich., aided the vessels while engaged in Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard's largest domestic ice-breaking operation, which began in December.

At 4:40 p.m. Friday, the watchstander at Coast Guard Sault Ste. Marie Vessel Traffic Service, was contacted by the crew of the ferry Huron, who reported they had become beset by ice with 68 people aboard while transiting from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. There were no reports of injury or other medical concerns and the master of the ferry felt the 90-foot vessel was not in danger of running aground. Lake Superior News  read more......>

Dahlberg appointed to Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Duluth, Minn., USA – January 12, 2012 --- Chris Dahlberg was appointed by the St. Louis County Board to a six-Chris Dahlbergyear term on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners effective Jan. 3, 2012. He fills the vacancy created when Commissioner Bill Kron’s term ended in December.

Dahlberg, who was elected to the St. Louis County Board in 2008, had served as a member of the Duluth City Council in 1992-94. President of the Dahlberg Law Office, P.A., he is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, with degrees in public policy from the University’s Humphrey Institute, political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and in Mandarin from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif Lake Superior News read more.....>

Christmas Ship Alder Delivers Christmas Trees

SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ---  November 29, 2011    ---  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, acting as Loading Christmas tree on Alderthe “Christmas Ship," departed Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Tuesday morning and is scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Navy Pier at 8:30 a.m. Friday for an annual event to distribute Christmas trees to deserving families on Saturday.

In conjunction with seasonal buoy retrieval operations in Lake Michigan, the crew of Alder will support the event this year, while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, which normally handles those duties, takes Mackinaw to a Wisconsin shipyard to effect the repair of a leaking bow-thruster.

The distribution of the holiday trees to trucks from community organizations will begin off the decks of the Alder on Saturday at 10 a.m., after the first three trees are given to three families during the brief public ceremony. Lake Superior News  read more.....>


Port of Duluth-Superior injects billions into local/regional economy

DULUTH, MN - Nov 17, 2011 - Port of Duluth-Superior, USA – Cargo shipments in and out of the Port of Duluth-Superior support over 11,500 jobs in Duluth Seaway Port AuthorityMinnesota and Cargo shipments; generate $1.5 billion in direct business revenue; produce $156 million in state and federal taxes; and contribute over $545 million in wages and salaries (and, in turn, purchases of goods and services) in the Great Lakes regional economy.
These findings, released today by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, reflect the local segment of a broader study of economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system conducted by Martin Associates – results of which were released by the maritime industry just last month.
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Great Lakes-Seaway shipping supports 227,000 jobs

Duluth, MN – USA (October 18, 2011) – The Great Lakes Seaway Economic Impact Study  found that maritime Duluth Port Authoritycommerce along this waterway supported 227,000 jobs; contributed $14.1 billion in annual personal income, $33.5 billion in business revenue, and $6.4 billion in local purchases; and added $4.6 billion to federal, state/provincial, and local tax revenues. North American farmers, steel producers, construction firms, food manufacturers, and power generators depend on the 164 million metric tons of essential raw materials and finished products that are moved annually on the system. Additionally, marine shipping saves companies approximately $3.6 billion per year in transportation costs compared to the next least-costly land-based alternative.  Lake Superior News read more....>


U.S. Ports Report Positive Tonnage

DULUTH, MN. ---   September 19, 2011 – U.S. ports reported upticks in tonnage during the normalCliff Resources summer slowdown period. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to August 31 were 22 million metric tons, up 3.5 percent from the same period last year.

“In addition to the cargo shipments increase, vessel transits are up 9 percent from a year ago with the best performers in August being petroleum products, scrap metal and salt. This number shows that the marine trade, even in today’s tough economic times, can grow when you match demand with supply,” said Rebecca Spruill, Director of Trade Development for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Lake Superior News

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Columbus!  German cruise ship to visit Duluth Sept. 14 & 22

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. — September 13, 2011 -----  After a four-year absence, the German luxury liner C. Columbus MV Columbushas returned to the Great Lakes for two cruises this month and is scheduled to make stops in Duluth on both legs of the Toronto-Chicago route:  on Wed., Sept. 14 (tomorrow) and again on Thurs., Sept. 22.  This will be her 11th and 12th visits to the Port of Duluth-Superior since she first set sail in 1997.

The Columbus, under the command of Captain Jörn Gottschalk, is expected to arrive beneath the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at approximately 5:00 a.m. and will proceed directly to Murphy Oil USA at the Clure Public Marine Terminal for fueling. The vessel is scheduled to then dock behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) at 8:00 a.m., where passengers will clear Customs and Border Protection. Lake Superior News read more.......>





















































Quebec -----  Friday, July 8, 2011 –--   Green Marine received the prestigious Sustainable Shipping Green MarineAward for Green Shipping Initiative of the Year for 2011 at the gala presentations held yesterday evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel in London, England.  The award celebrates and rewards the important work that is going on worldwide to assist the marine industry in improving environmental efficiency. Other nominees in this category included Rightship, DNV, Royal Caribbean and the Carbon War Room. 

It was with great pride that David Bolduc, Green Marine's Executive Director, accepted the Green Shipping Initiative of the Year prize before an audience that included environmental and marine industry experts from throughout the world.  “The Green Marine initiative has grown rapidly since being launched just over three years ago” he noted.   “This award is a testament to the initiative’s success and, even more importantly, to the credibility and relevance of the Green Marine Environmental Program.” Lake Superior News read more.....>


Hallett Dock Co. Service Excellence Award

Duluth, Minn. USA –  July 7, 2011  ---  They found the company’s story so compelling that they decided to profile it in a Hallet tDock Covideo. The segment posted on YouTube features Jerry Fryberger, the company’s chairman, who has been with Hallett for 47 years. He explains how Hallett “works on its feet.”       

A creative team for Red Wing Shoes visited the Port of Duluth-Superior’s Hallett Dock Co. last September, spending two days onsite shooting photos for a print advertising campaign about work boots . The ads feature real workers wearing Red Wing work boots as they load ships, move industrial equipment and do other big, dirty jobs.

That boots-on-the-ground approach also helped Hallett earn a Service Excellence Award from Compass Minerals, a leading producer of highway deicing salt and specialty fertilizers. Compass works with more than 500 supply chain providers around the world, yet Hallett was among just 28 companies from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom selected to receive the award “for consistently providing excellent service, innovation and supply chain solutions,” according to Compass President and CEO Angelo Brisimitzakis. Lake Superior News  read more....>


Duluth Ranked Top Port in North America by RICA

Duluth, MN - June 24, 2011 – When the Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) handed out its Duluth Port Wind TurbinesPort Service Awards for North America this year, the Port of Duluth took top honors – sitting in first place, along with the Port of Mobile, in the Association’s final rankings. In two of the individual categories – those evaluating “facilities” and “overall service” – the Port of Duluth ranked at the top of RICA’s leader board. Lake Superior Newsread more...>


Washington, D.C. June 14, 2011 – The St. Lawrence Seaway has reported a strong start to the 2011shipping season. Generally viewed as a bellwether for the regional economy, initial indicators show signs of a continued rebound over last season with significant increases in grain, steel slabs, and general cargo during the first two months of activity.

            Year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to May 31 were 7.6 million metric tons, up 4 percent over the same period in 2010. Total grain shipments increased by 31 percent to 1.8 million metric tons, while coal increased by 14 percent to 850,000 metric tons. Lake Superior News read more.....>

First “Saltie” arrives in Duluth-Superior

Duluth, Minn. USA – The first oceangoing vessel of the 2011 navigation season arrived in the Port of Cyprus-flagged Federal Leda (Lee-da)Duluth-Superior this morning – Monday, April 11.  The Cyprus-flagged Federal Leda (Lee-da) sailed beneath the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:10 a.m. and headed to CHS in Superior to begin loading durum wheat. Her arrival marked the first saltwater vessel (i.e. “saltie”) into the Twin Ports this year to have transited the Great Lake St. Lawrence Seaway system (GLSLS) – the entire 2,342-mile inland waterway from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Federal Leda began her voyage in Constanza, Romania, and made two stops along the GLSLS to discharge steel (in Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario).  She will load nearly 21,000 short tons (19,050 mt) of durum wheat at CHS and, after a stop in Sorel, Quebec to take on 11,023 short tons (10,000 mt) of titanium slag, is bound for Italy. Local vessel agent for the Federal Leda is Daniel’s Shipping Services. Lake Superior News   read more.....>


St. Lambert, Québec ---   March 24, 2011 – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) The Avonborgpredicted that cargo shipments would rise by about seven per cent to 39.1 million tonnes for 2011 as it marked the official opening of its 53rd navigation season today at the St. Lambert Lock.


“Transportation of raw materials serves as a bellwether for the economy as a whole, and despite volatile global economic conditions, we have reason to be cautiously optimistic regarding our various market segments” said SLSMC President and CEO Terence Bowles.  “Projections for the 2011 season foresee continued strength in the traditional staple cargoes of grain and iron ore.  Shipments of road salt are projected to increase to replenish inventories depleted over a challenging winter season.  Project cargo is pegged to rise due in part to continued activity in the oil sands.”  Lake Superior News read more......>

Port of Duluth-Superior:  2011 Shipping Season gets underway



 Strong finish to Shipping Season Duluth-Superior

Duluth, Minn., USA – January 19, 2011 ---  The 2010 shipping season officially came to a close in the John G Munson.Port of Duluth-Superior today with the morning arrival of the John G. Munson, the last vessel inbound for winter layup. Altogether, ten U.S.-flagged vessels that transport dry bulk cargoes across the Great Lakes – aka “lakers” – will winter in the Twin Ports this year. Instead of closing Saturday, Jan. 15, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kept the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., open through Tuesday to enable companies on the lower Lakes to stockpile more iron ore and coal.  “Industry appreciates how hard Coast Guard icebreakers and local tug operators worked to keep shipping channels open and docks accessible in heavy ice conditions to extend the season,” said Adolph Ojard, executive director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Lake Superior News read more.........>

 Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. –   December 6, 2010   ----  The U.S. Coast Guard commenced Operation Cutter Katmai BayTaconite this afternoon in response to colder temperatures and the resultant ice growth in the western Great Lakes region.

Operation Taconite is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation, encompassing Lake Superior, St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. 

As a result of the operation, certain waterways may close once due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment, waterway improvements, aids to navigation, the need for cross-channel traffic (e.g. ferries), the availability of icebreakers, and the safety of the island residents, who in the course of their daily business use naturally formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland. Lake Superior News read more .....>



 Retrieval of the Great Lakes navigation aids

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.  November 14, 2010  ---   In anticipation of the coming ice season and to ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes Basin, the Ninth Coast Guard District has begun its annual retrieval of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, the largest domestic aids to navigation recovery operation in the United States.

US Coast Guard BuoyPetty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Gaines, a deck-crewmember aboard USCGC Buckthorn, orders a buoy into place during Operation Fall Retrieve on Nov. 23, 2009. Operation Fall Retrieve, which includes lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons, commenced Oct. 14, 2009, with a goal of retrieving 1,284 navigational aids, and should be completed by Dec. 21, 2009. The aids, approximately half in the region, are taken out of service during the winter months due to decreased vessel traffic and to minimize damage from ice and inclement weather. Lake Superior News read more.....>

Port of Duluth west to Alberta by CP rail

Duluth, Minn. USA –  November 14, 2010   --- This week marked a milestone in project cargo movement Transformer Port of Duluthat the Head of the Lakes as crews handled the heaviest Canadian Pacific (CP) direct, single-line rail move from the Port of Duluth-Superior to western Canada.  

Two, 300-ton dimensional transformers arrived at the Clure Public Marine Terminal in Duluth on Friday, Nov. 5. Both units were manufactured in Germany and shipped from Rotterdam aboard the BigLift freighter Tracer, along with multiple crates of accessories. Crews from Lake Superior Warehousing Co. discharged the high/wide/ heavy cargo directly onto specialized railcars waiting dockside  Lake Superior News read more......>

 Gales of November Celebrates & Explores Lake Superior Maritime Heritage

DULUTH, MN ---  October 22, 2010   ----  The two day educational, fundraising and networking event Gales of Novemberbegins Friday, November 12 with a joint luncheon with the Duluth-Superior Propeller Club at Grandma’s Sports Garden.  The keynote speaker, Pat Labadie, former Museum Director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center (from 1973-2000,) will present “Shedding New Light on Maritime History.”  Various area tour options follow lunch and the day concludes with an Opening Gala reception, sponsored by Lake Superior Magazine, at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in historic Canal Park.

Saturday, November 13 festivities, all held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, begin at 8:30 a.m.  The day is filled with maritime related educational breakout presentations, a mini trade show, silent auction, and an opportunity to enter to win the Cruise of a Lifetime raffle.  Saturday’s keynote luncheon presentation, “Full Circle Tour:  A Journey Around the Greatest Lake,” will feature presenters Mike Link and Kate Crowley Lake Superior News  read more.....>

The real grain story

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  October 12, 2010  -----   The funding announcement ignored totally, the Tom Hamilton problems and low employment levels that these employees are experiencing largely because of the grain distribution practices employed by a legal monopoly…the Canadian Wheat Board. It is true that CWB practice does bestow health on Mission Terminals but it is coming close to destroying the traditional base of Thunder Bay grain handling.

Thunder Bay’s municipal, provincial and federal politicians need to ask how monopolistic practices can be allowed to exist in a capitalist economy and if they are allowed to continue, how can they be monitored and controlled so that any collateral damage to Thunder Bay companies can be limited?

The photo caption reads, “The Algonorth loads at the Agricore United Elevator.” This item and the item on funding for expansion at Mission Terminal (front page, Oct. 2 The Chronicle JOurnal) illustrate a problem that we, as employees of the other four grain companies that make up the traditional base of Thunder Bay’s grain trade, see daily — i.e., diminishing work hours and job numbers in Thunder Bay’s grain business.  Lake Superior News read more.....>



 Wheat Exports Along USA Seaway Set for Busy Fall Season

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  September 9, 2010 – Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway increased by 51 percent to 830,000 metric tons in August compared to the same period last year as international demand began to ramp up in the wake of production shortages in Russia.

 The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that American grain shipments reached 303,000 metric tons in August, an increase of 62 percent compared to the same period last year, while Canadian grain shipments increased by 45 percent to 527,000 metric tons. Year-to-date numbers, however, reflect an 18 percent increase to 743,000 metric tons for U.S. grain shipments and a 15 percent decrease to 2.8 million metric tons for Canadian grain shipments from March 25 to August 31compared to the same period in 2009. Lake Superior News  read more......>

 Port of Thunder Bay as a true Gateway to Western Canada

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---    September 3, 2010  ----  As the largest grain port in the world, and still having Frank Pulliathe largest grain storage in North America today, the Port of Thunder Bay has a magnificent history that has served its citizens and the region well. As a Grain Handler for Cargill Grain in the late seventies, I remember with fond memories the salties lined up to load grain destined to various parts of the world. At any one time, one could see from Hillcrest Park at least a dozen if not more ships waiting their turn in the harbour. What a sight! Could we make that happen again? 

We still have those capacities, but the world has changed and the port is trying to diversify into new markets and new products. Thunder Bay was one of Canada’s major grain ports, but declined due to regulatory requirements that increased costs and made the port less competitive vis-a-vis the railway and other transportation corridors on the western grain port terminals like Prince Rupert, Vancouver, and Churchill. We do however have a competitive advantage through a direct rail access to both national railways, something that few ports in North America can claim of having. But will that be enough? What else is needed? Lake Superior News  read more......>



Step Closer to Permanent Fix of Lakes Dredging Crisis

DULUTH, MN ---- July 30, 2010  --– The end of the crippling dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee Great Lakes Maritime Task Forceapproved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper. 

Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) be used to dredge the nation’s deep-draft ports and waterways.  Because the government does not spend all the tax dollars it raises for dredging, the HMTF currently has a surplus of more than $5 billion  Lake Superior News read more....>



Federal Elbe is first saltie; First Ship Ceremony held today

April 8, 2010 - Duluth, Minn – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority hosted a “First Ship Adolph Ojard, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, and Captain Darius Malinowski compare notes on international shipping during a First Ship Ceremony held earlier today on the bridge deck of the Federal Elbe.Ceremony” aboard the Federal Elbe today, Wed., April 7, at 1 p.m. to welcome Captain Darius Malinowski and his crew to the Port of Duluth-Superior. The ship – the first “saltie” of the 2010 navigation season to have transited the full Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System – is docked and loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior, Wis.Lake Superior News read more...>



THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   March 29, 2010  -----   The exciting new yap films Edmund Fitzgeraldtelevision series, DIVE DETECTIVES, launches on History Television in Canada on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00 pm ET/PT (repeated at 11:00 pm ET/PT) with the episode The Edmund Fitzgerald. This premiere episode reveals new evidence that dramatically changes the accepted version of events relating to the sinking of the US freighter on Lake Superior in 1975 – a saga made famous in Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Lake Superior News read more.....>

8 Tall Ships  to Visit Duluth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- DULUTH, MN ----  March 23, 2010 ----  The Tall Chips Challenge Duluth 2010American Sail Training Association has partnered with GREAT LAKES UNITED to bring a fleet of international tall ships to the Great Lakes, the world’s largest body of fresh water, as part of the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2010 race series. Join us as the tall ships race through all five Great Lakes making port appearances in cities throughout the US and Canada. Two important initiatives sail along with the tall ships: water conservation education and youth sail training! Lake Superior News read more......>

Duluth-Superior Shipping Season winds down; Last 3 lakers headed in for winter layup

DULUTH, MINN - January 14, 2010 – As the shipping winds down this week, the Port of Duluth Seaway Port AuthorityDuluth-Superior, the Great Lakes, and the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are closing the books on one of the most difficult navigation seasons in the waterway’s history. The recession hammered the construction, automotive, steel and appliance industries in the U.S. and Canada reducing demand for raw materials. All sectors of the freight industry felt the ill effects, in particular, maritime. Read more...>

Duluth-Superior Harbor Corrosion Mechanism Identified

Duluth, Minn. USA –  November 24, 2009  -----  Long-awaited research findings just Port of Duluthpublished identify one possible mechanism responsible for accelerated steel corrosion in the Duluth-Superior harbor. The peer-reviewed paper published in CORROSION, The Journal of Science and Engineering, outlines a study led by Brenda Little, Senior Scientist, Marine Molecular Processes, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center. The study was supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.    read more.....>


"Intolerable” Abuse of Dredging Fund To End


Duluth, MN – April 19, 2010 - No more will ships leave Minnesota’s Great Lakes ports with Great Lakes Maritime Task Forceless than full loads once Congress passes legislation introduced last week. Senate Bill 3213 requires the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) to spend what it takes in each year rather than amass a surplus that is used to paper balance the federal budget.

The bill comes not a minute too soon for Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar (D), calling this misuse of funds “intolerable.” Lake Superior Newsread more...>




New commissioner Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A.  ------September 2, 2010 –--- Rick Revoir was recently appointed by the Duluth City Rick RevoirCouncil to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. He will complete the remaining two years of a six-year term held previously by Thomas A. Clure who passed away in May.

Since 2004, Revoir has been an assistant professor in the School of Business & Technology at the College of St. Scholastica, teaching both accounting and healthcare finance courses. He taught a personal finance course for four years in the College’s Dignitas first-year experience program and has led several study abroad trips to China. Lake Superior News  read more......>




Coast Guard Cutter Alder returns from the Northwest Passage

DULUTH, MN ---  October 10, 2010  The Coast Guard Cutter Alder return home . following a 56-day USG Alder Greenland's western coastdeployment to the Canadian Arctic.

The Alder departed Duluth, Minn., July 12 for a two-month deployment in which the crew participated in Exercise NATSIQ 2010, a Canadian exercise, designed to improve the collective capacity of our Arctic allies to effectively respond to safety and security threats or emergencies in the Arctic.

Exercise NATSIQ involved forces from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, as well as the Canadian navy and coast guard, and the Danish navy. Lake Superior News  read more.....>





Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay heads to Great Lakes

NEW YORK --   November 24, 2010  ---   A Connecticut-based Coast Guard cutter is scheduled to Cutter Morro Baydeploy to the Great Lakes Nov. 29, 2010, to assist in the service's icebreaking mission there throughout the winter months.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, an 140-foot icebreaking tug, will arrive in the Great Lakes region a few weeks after it departs its homeport of New London, Conn.

While there, the crew will assist those of other Coast Guard icebreakers during Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite, the largest domestic ice breaking operations in the country. The Coast Guard conducts domestic ice breaking to aid in search and rescue and other emergency operations, mitigate flooding, and to meet the reasonable demands of commerce.
Ice breaking on the Great Lakes is vital to keeping shipping lanes open. Large quantities of steel, coal, heating oil and grain ships throughout the region, and Coast Guard ice breaking services enable these shippers to transport an average of $2 billion worth of cargo each year.  Lake Superior News read more......>


Duluth, Minn., USA —  March 16, 2011  -----   Local maritime traffic through the Port of Duluth-Superior James R Baker is set to commence tomorrow (March 17) with the scheduled afternoon departure of the season’s first laker, the James R. Barker. Having spent winter layup at MERC’s Superior Midwest Energy Terminal, the vessel will be loaded with coal headed for Presque Isle, Mich. This is the third consecutive year that the Barker has been the first outbound vessel; she departed last year on March 20.

 One more entry in the Duluth-Superior record books will be made shortly after the Soo Locks open on March 25, when the Port’s first inbound laker arrives after having transited those locks. Early indicators point to the night of March 26 (or early morning March 27) as the official start to the 2011 Great Lakes commercial navigation season in the Twin Ports. The Soo Locks, located at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are the gateway that allows huge lakers to moving raw materials like iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and salt between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.  Lake Superior News read more.....>



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