Press Releases

“Intolerable” Abuse of Dredging Fund To End

Duluth, MN – No more will ships leave Minnesota’s Great Lakes ports with less than full loads once Congress passes legislation introduced last week. Senate Bill 3213 requires the Harbor … Continue reading →

Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton Named 2010 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

TOLEDO, OH – A lifelong commitment to American-made products, dedication to saving and creating jobs, creating economic development opportunities, and her commitment to restoring the promise of the middle class … Continue reading →

Obey/Oberstar Compromise Saves Midwest Jobs, And Still Protects the Great Lakes Environment

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) today finalized sweeping new air emission regulations for large ships in U.S. waters, including a temporary exemption for 13 U.S.-Flag steamships on … Continue reading →

Statement on Vessel Emissions Standards

Great Lakes Maritime Task Force is deeply committed to protecting the Great Lakes environment and appreciates the opportunity to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final … Continue reading →

Most Coal Shipped on Great Lakes Mined in States and Provinces Outside the Basin

TOLEDO, OH – More than nine out of every ten tons of coal shipped on the Great Lakes in 2008 was mined in a state or province that does not … Continue reading →

Corps Allocates Only 2 Percent Of Its Stimulus Funds To Great Lakes

TOLEDO, OH – The Great Lakes came up way short when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided how to divvy up the $4.6 billion Congress gave it for job … Continue reading →

Lakes Shocked No Stimulus Funds for New Soo Lock

TOLEDO, OH – The Great Lakes shipping industry is in a state of shock following the announcement that the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan did not receive … Continue reading →

Spending What Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Takes In Will End Great Lakes Dredging Crisis Says Major Stone Shipper

TOLEDO, OH – Using the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for its intended purpose will end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes declared a leading stone shipper at a briefing … Continue reading →

New York Congressman Brian M. Higgins Named Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

TOLEDO, OH – Congressman Brian M. Higgins (D-NY) has been honored for his support of Great Lakes shipping by the largest coalition representing the industry. The Congressman was today named … Continue reading →

New Great Lakes Icebreaker Key to Future

TOLEDO, OH – Legislation authorizing construction of a new icebreaker for the Great Lakes is being applauded by the Great Lakes shipping community as key to the industry’s future. H.R. … Continue reading →