Great Lakes Seaway Review


GREAT LAKES/ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

Digital Dateline
Week of 4/14/14

Ballast water management problems need resolved by IMO

The global shipping industry—represented by the International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, World Shipping Council, CLIA and IPTA—has voiced continuing concern about serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.  

Ice halves U.S.-flag shipping in March

Ice severely limited cargo movement in U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes in March. Shipments of iron ore, coal and cement totaled 980,000 tons, a decrease of 55 percent compared to a year ago.  

Port of Cleveland’s express ocean freight service underway

The Cleveland-Europe Express service between Cleveland Harbor and Europe via the St. Lawrence Seaway officially launched with the departure of Fortunagracht out of Antwerp, Belgium.  

Maritime strategy symposium, Sail-In planned

Two maritime events will be held in Washington, D.C. in May:  

Top hat ceremony marks start of 2014 season

The first domestic vessel of 2014 arrived in Hamilton Harbor in the early hours of April 4, marking the beginning of the 2014 shipping season. The Algoma Guardian arrived from Montreal, Quebec carrying a load of iron ore destined for Arcelor Mittal Dofasco at Pier 21.  

EPA to work with ports to improve environmental performance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting the Advancing Sustainable Ports summit to mark the kickoff of a new EPA initiative recognizing ports that take action to improve environmental performance. EPA will also award $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six U.S. ports, all of which are outside the Great Lakes.  

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