Press Releases

New Great Lakes Icebreaker Step Closer to Reality

TOLEDO, OH – The much-needed second heavy icebreaker for service on the Great Lakes has taken another step toward reality with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) including $2 million for initial survey and design work for a vessel that is at least as capable as the current MACKINAW in the committee report on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 had previously authorized a … Continue reading →

Statement on Ballast Water Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

American Great Lakes Ports Association / Great Lakes Maritime Task Force / Lake Carriers’ Association

May 20, 2016

 Statement on Ballast Water Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act
Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

The Great Lakes shipping community is praising inclusion of the provisions of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 18.  VIDA would finally … Continue reading →

Congressman David Joyce Named 2016 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Ohio Congressman David Joyce (R) has been named a 2016 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) annually presents the award to legislators who have promoted shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Rep. Joyce received his award at a ceremony in Washington on April 12.

“Rep. Joyce’s deep … Continue reading →

Senator Ron Johnson Named 2016 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) has been named 2016 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast.  The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and will be presented at a ceremony at Bay Shipbuilding Company … Continue reading →

Ohio House of Representatives’ Support for Second Poe-Sized Lock Yet Another Sign Momentum behind Project Continues to Build

TOLEDO, OH – The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a resolution that urges the President of the United States, Congress, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to support plans for upgrading the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, that connect Lake Superior to the Lower Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.  House Resolution 263 was sponsored by Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-7), cosponsored by 43 bipartisan members and passed … Continue reading →

Too Few Icebreakers and Lack of a Second Poe-Sized Lock Threaten Shipping on Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway

TOLEDO, OH – Insufficient U.S. and Canadian icebreakers and reliance on a single Poe-sized lock to connect Lake Superior to the Lower Lakes and Seaway threaten the future of shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast warns Great Lakes Maritime Task Force in its 2015 Annual Report released today. “Another near arctic winter significantly impacted navigation, and then a 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock in late summer gave us an … Continue reading →

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Named 2015 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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WASHINGTON, DC – Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) has been named 2015 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing workers and industries dependent on shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

“Sherrod Brown’s keen understanding of Lakes shipping has … Continue reading →

Lakes Rise to Defend U.S. Build Requirement of Jones Act

TOLEDO, OH – An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force sees no benefit to allowing foreign-built vessels to carry cargo between U.S. ports, but warns that nearly 60,000 jobs in the Great Lakes states will be sacrificed for no … Continue reading →

Lakes Legislators Play Key Role in Boost to Corps Funding

TOLEDO, OH – Great Lakes legislators played a key role in yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives to increase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ national budget by nearly $58 million. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), along with Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA), authored the amendment to the House’s FY15 Energy & Water Appropriations bill and Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rick Nolan (D-MN) took the floor to … Continue reading →

Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga Named 2014 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) has been named 2014 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing workers and industries dependent on shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

“Congressman Huizenga has shown incredible resolve in addressing … Continue reading →