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St. Lawrence Seaway informs on its opening and max allowable drafts

The Great Lakes – St Lawrence Seaway System published its opening of the 2019 navigation season and maximum allowable drafts. The 2019 opening of the navigation will take place in Welland Canal, on March 22, 0800 hours (DST) and in Montreal, Lake Ontario Section, March 26, 0800 hours (DST).

US considers funding to boost Great Lakes shipping

President Donald Trump signed a bill in late October, concerning The Great Lakes shipping community, of approximately $1 billion for constructing a second lock,  aiming to allow transports of large “Laker” vessels at the Soo Locks in the north of Michigan at the eastern terminus of Lake Superior.

USCG proposes surcharges on Great Lakes pilotage rates

Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots.

USCG, Canadian Coast Guard update icebreaking cooperation

USCG and the Canadian Coast Guard renewed their Memorandum of Understanding between their agencies concerning Coast Guard icebreaking services in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system, on January 18. The new agreement improves the mutual commitment for ensuring important icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes region.

US Great Lakes vessels to enhance their performance

US flagged Great Lakes vessel operators are about to spend $65 million, in order to modernise their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter and reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce during spring.

Fednav welcomes ship featuring innovative BWTS

Canadian bulk shipowner, Fednav Limited, welcomed to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system-a first for the Great Lakes.

German company fined for illegal dumping of oil waste water

Owners of the German company and operator of the M/V Cornelia required to pay $1 million criminal sanction for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by failing to maintain an accurate ship record about the disposal of oil-contaminated waste. $200,000 earmarked for protection of Lake Superior and Lake Superior Watershed.

BWM in Great Lakes – An Overview

The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group has issued the 2015 Summary of Great Lakes Ballast Water Management. During the year, 100% of the vessels bound for the Great Lakes from outside the EEZ received a ballast water management exam.

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