Great Lakes Seaway Review


Digital Dateline
Week of 7/21/14

Algoma christens new Great Lakes vessel

Algoma Central Corporation christened its second Equinox Class bulk cargo vessel, the Algoma Harvester, July 17 at Pier 26 South in Hamilton Harbor, Ontario.  

U.S. Senate confirms Jaenichen

The U.S. Senate confirmed Paul “Chip” Jaenichen as Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) July 15. Jaenichen has been Acting Administrator since June 2013. He has been with MARAD since July 2012, when he was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator by President Barack Obama.  

Great Lakes labor leader passes away

Chauncey James Baker, legendary Great Lakes labor leader, died July 13 at age 77. Baker served as a Vice President and an Executive Board member of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) representing the Port of Cleveland for almost five decades. He was a former President of Local 1317 and the older brother of John Baker, President Emeritus of the ILA’s Great Lakes District Council.  

Cargo shipments rise at U.S. ports

U.S. ports throughout the Great Lakes uniformly saw increased tonnage in several cargo categories during the month of June.  

U.S. auto industry buoys steel shipments

Shipments of steel products through the St. Lawrence Seaway to U.S. ports have increased significantly this season due to demand by the U.S. automobile industry and an improving American economy.  

U.S.-flag cargo total trails 2013 at mid-year

U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes stands at 27 million tons through the end of June, a decrease of 17.4 percent compared to the same point in 2013. The brutal winter of 2013/14 is the overriding factor behind the decrease.  

EPA grants available for 2014 Great Lakes Restoration projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Request for Applications July 15 soliciting proposals from states, municipalities, tribes, universities and nonprofit organizations for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.  

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