great lakes

Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Mariners Take Extra Precautions as Great Lakes Shipping Season Begins

A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

As the coronavirus pandemic locked down countries and disrupted global supply chains, the Great Lakes shipping season got underway last week, with extra precautions in tow.

Tony Briscoe | Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

As Great Lakes Shipping Starts, Extra Precautions for COVID-19 Are Taken

A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

The season’s first load of iron ore left the Duluth harbor before dawn March 22, carrying with it some extra cargo — caution over the spread of coronavirus.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
March 24, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Great Lakes High Water Could Hurt Shipping, Industry Warns

Duluth Harbor Duluth Harbor by Getty Images

As high water levels persist in the Great Lakes, some shoreline dwellers are putting pressure on officials to open up dams in the east to let out more water, but shipping industry officials in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., worry such a move thousands of miles away could have big consequences locally.

Pam Louwagie | Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 5, 2019
Business

Conveyor Belt System to Move Cargo Around Great Lakes Locks Raises Questions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

WASHINGTON — Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation raised concerns today that the Army Corps of Engineers may be considering an unorthodox alternative in a cost-benefit study that, if true, could potentially hurt the case being made for a new super-size navigational shipping lock at a key chokepoint on the Great Lakes.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
February 23, 2017