Great Lakes Seaway Review


Digital Dateline
Week of 7/27/15

Foreign steel cuts Lakers’ ore float in June

With foreign steel now commanding nearly 32 percent of the U.S. market, it was inevitable that iron ore cargoes hauled in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters would take a hit and that hit came in June. Cargoes totaled 4.4 million tons, a decrease of 17 percent compared to May and 10 percent compared to a year ago.

“It is imperative that the government enforce our trade laws and, if they are ineffective, our legislators need to enact ones that protect American workers and industries,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. “Unfair trade has decimated the American steel industry and its suppliers more than once since the early 1980s. Even right now three U.S.-flag lakers that are well-suited to the iron ore trade are idle and there’s little prospect they will see service this year.”

Two blast furnaces in the Great Lakes region have been banked and two large iron ore mines, one in Minnesota and one in Michigan, have been idled, according to Weakley. Other ore mines have scaled back production.

Foreign steel’s intrusion into the U.S. market has been growing steadily over the past few years. Just five years ago imports accounted for 20 percent of the market.

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Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for U.S. Coast Guard cutter

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8. The contract includes hull, propulsion and steering system inspections, as well as steel repairs, hull cleaning and painting. The 140-foot Bay-class icebreaking tug was hauled out July 13 using the shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the largest on the Great Lakes.

Unit missions for Katmai Bay include icebreaking, homeland security patrols, lighthouse projects, law enforcement and public affairs. The Katmai Bay serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.

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Algoma Equinox featured in Discovery Channel series

The Discovery Channel will feature the Algoma Equinox, flag ship of Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal program, in an episode of its series “Mighty Ships.” The episode will be broadcast at 7 p.m. (ET) Sunday, August 2.

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Peter Neffenger sworn in as sixth TSA administrator

Peter Neffenger officially took the oath of office as the sixth Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a ceremony held at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia July 4. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 22, following his nomination by President Barack Obama. He now leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, the security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

Neffenger recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. He previously served as Commander of the Ninth District.

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Wärtsilä to adjust its Ship Power business to reflect the weak market situation

Wärtsilä’s Ship Power business, renamed Marine Solutions, plans to realign its organization, operations and resources in response to the sluggish global marine market situation. These plans will affect personnel in all functions of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions’ global operations. The realignment will mean the reduction of approximately 600 jobs, of which some 160 will be in Finland. A portion of the reductions will be realized through retirements.

In taking these measures, Wärtsilä seeks annual savings in the region of EUR 40 million. The effect of the savings will materialize gradually beginning from the third quarter of 2015 and will take full effect by the end of 2016. The non-recurring costs related to the restructuring measures will be approximately EUR 25-30 million.

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority names Director of Business Development

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named Kathryn “Kate” Ferguson as Director of Business Development, effective July 13. She will be the first point of contact with the port authority for companies pursuing domestic and international trade opportunities. Additionally, Ferguson will work to develop, attract and retain business for the port authority and its properties—coordinating business expansion prospects with industrial development organizations throughout the region.

Ferguson brings a decade of professional experience and academic credentials to this position, primarily in the arena of business development, account management and supply chain logistics. Her expertise crosses a wide range of industries and encompasses materials moved by water, road and rail here in the Twin Ports and across the Upper Midwest.

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