| 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
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. read more ...
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.
| Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May - Wednesday, June 10, 2015|
Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May #LSNshipping
Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2015) – The month of May was a busy one at U.S. ports along the Great Lakes Seaway System. read more ...
“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
|Lake Superior June outflows to increase - Tuesday, June 2, 2015|
Lake Superior June outflows to increase #LSNshipping
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. read more ...
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.
| Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May - Wednesday, April 29, 2015|
Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May #LSNshipping
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
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
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. read more ...
|INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES - Wednesday, April 15, 2015|
INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES #LSNshipping
INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES
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. read more ...
"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.”
|Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping - Wednesday, April 8, 2015|
Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping
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|
SEAWAY OPENS 57th NAVIGATION SEASON #LSNshipping
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
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
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 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. read more ...
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.