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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 →

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Named 2013 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has been named 2013 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 to a legislator who has helped advance shipping on the nation’s Fourth Sea Coast.

“Senator Klobuchar has been focused on Great Lakes issues since her … Continue reading →

34 Members of Lakes House Delegation Back Legislation to End Dredging Crisis

Toledo, OH – Thirty-four members of the House of Representatives from Great Lakes states have sent a letter calling for provisions in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (“WRRDA”) that will end the dredging crisis that has crippled Great Lakes shipping for decades. Lack of adequate funding for dredging has left more than 18 million cubic yards of sediment clogging ports and waterways and the largest vessels are at … Continue reading →

Lakes Welcome Sutton Appointment as Seaway Administrator

Toledo, OH – The appointment of Betty Sutton as Administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is being hailed by the Great Lakes maritime community as one of the most positive developments in recent years. Sutton, who represented Ohio’s 13th District in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012, is well versed in the issues facing shipping on the Seaway and Great Lakes, and has time and again … Continue reading →

Lakes Seek Parity for Dredging and Infrastructure Needs

Toledo, OH – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be required to treat the Great Lakes equally when it comes to prioritizing the nation’s dredging needs under legislation introduced in the House of Representatives on June 6. H.R. 2273, the Great Lakes Navigation System Sustainability Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI), would direct the Corps to aggregate the cargo tonnage of all 60 Federally maintained ports for purposes … Continue reading →

GLMTF’s 2012 Annual Report Salutes 20 Years Of Promoting Shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast

Toledo, OH – Great Lakes Maritime Task Force’s many accomplishments over its first 20 years are highlighted in the organization’s 2012 Annual Report released today.  GLMTF was founded in Toledo, Ohio in November 1992, and has been at the forefront of Great Lakes/Seaway issues ever since.

GLMTF’s first challenge came in 1993 when the U.S. Coast Guard proposed to retire the MACKINAW, its only heavy icebreaker stationed on the Great Lakes.  … Continue reading →