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Rep. Jack Bergman Named 2018 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Michigan Congressman Jack Bergman (R) has been named 2018 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 on September 18 at Great Lakes Maritime … Continue reading →

GLMTF 2017 Annual Report Sees Lakes/Seaway Shipping Moving Forward

TOLEDO, OH – Increases in cargo movement on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway in 2017 were but two of several positive developments last year. The 2017 Annual Report of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) released today highlights progress on maintaining the Jones Act as the foundation of America’s domestic maritime policy; building a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; construction of another heavy icebreaker for … Continue reading →

Great Lakes Shipping Community Urges Swift Passage Of U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Toledo, OH – Companies and organizations dependent on Great Lakes shipping are urging the Senate to quickly approve the Coast Guard Authorization Bill (S.1129) when it comes before them next week. The bill would set funding for all U.S. Coast Guard operations this year and next. Key Great Lakes missions that would be funded include search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, pollution response and icebreaking.

Of particular importance is … Continue reading →

Senator Tammy Baldwin Named 2017 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) has been named 2017 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 →

Great Lakes Maritime Task Force 2016 Annual Report Sees Steady Progress on Many Key Issues

TOLEDO, OH – The year 2016 was one of steady progress towards making shipping on our nation’s Fourth Sea Coast as efficient and reliable as possible declares Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) in its 2016 Annual Report issued today. GLMTF, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cites progress on the dredging crisis, construction of a second Poe-sized lock, … Continue reading →

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

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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 →