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House and Senate Bills Offer Hope for Lakes Dredging Crisis

Toledo, OH – Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have taken up legislation that could end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes.  H.R. 335 and S. 218 would require the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) to spend what it takes in each year for dredging on dredging.  Currently, the HMTF spends only one of every two tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging.  The surplus, now … Continue reading →

Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs Named 2012 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH - Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) has been named 2012 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. Rep. Gibbs, who represents Ohio’s 18th District in the House of Representatives, will formally receive the award from Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (“GLMTF”) in Washington on June 6.

“Rep. Gibbs’ first term in Congress has been remarkably … Continue reading →

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute to Study Environmental Issues Facing Shipping and Marine Transportation

Note to Editors and Interested Parties:
Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI, U.S.A.— The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UW-S), and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) have received a five year cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD), to address environmental issues that face shipping and marine transportation. GLMRI studies funded by MARAD will address maritime commerce on … Continue reading →

Testimony of James H.I. Weakley President, Lake Carriers’ Association

Hearing on H.R. 104 Realizing America’s Maritime Promise (“RAMP”) Act
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Friday, June 8, 2011
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. I am Jim Weakley and I am representing Lake Carriers’ Association and the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. I am also a member of the national Realize America’s Maritime Promise coalition. I ask this … Continue reading →

Lakes Leaders Declare State of Emergency After Proposal To Let Dredging Sink To Lowest Level In 50-Plus Years

Toledo, OH – The Administration’s proposal to slash the Great Lakes dredging budget by 32 percent in FY12 has the Great Lakes shipping industry declaring a State of Emergency. The Administration’s proposed appropriation for Lakes dredging next year will remove the smallest amount of sediment since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started keeping records more than half a century ago. As a result, only 11 of the 83 U.S … Continue reading →

Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller Named 2011 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

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TOLEDO, OH – An unwavering commitment to ending the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes has earned Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI) an award as 2011 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year from the largest labor/management coalition representing workers and industries dependent on shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. Rep. Miller, who represents Michigan’s 10th District in the House of Representatives, will formally receive the award from Great Lakes Maritime Task … Continue reading →

Grain Surge Illustrates Lakes Untapped Potential

Toledo, Ohio – Russia’s decision to suspend grain exports has ships throughout the world steering for the Great Lakes to load wheat and other staples. Lucky for this hungry planet that the Great Lakes Navigation System has unused capacity and can meet this unexpected demand.

“Grain shipments through the Seaway in September increased 68 percent compared to a year ago,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, … Continue reading →

Representatives Oberstar and Stupak Sponsor “Historic” Legislation

Step Closer to Permanent Fix of Lakes Dredging Crisis
Washington, DC – The end of the crippling dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget – at least on paper.

Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the … Continue reading →

Minnesota Senators Work To End Lakes Dredging Crisis

Toledo, OH – Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar (D) and Al Franken (D) have cosponsored legislation that will end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes. Senate bill 3213 would require that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (”HMTF“) spend what it takes in each year rather than hoard tax dollars meant for dredging the nation’s ports and waterways. The chronic underfunding of dredging that has resulted from amassing a nearly $5 … Continue reading →

End to Lakes Dredging Crisis in Sight

Toledo, OH – Ships working the Great Lakes won’t leave port with their cargo holds less than full once Congress passes legislation introduced in the Senate last week. A bill would require the government to stop diverting the taxes it collects for dredging to paper balance the federal budget and instead spend them for their intended purpose – maintaining the nation’s deep-draft ports and waterways.

Introduced by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), … Continue reading →