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Lake Michigan ferry features upgrades to bridge, more crossings in 2016
MLive (4/28)
The Lake Express, a high-speed car ferry that operates between Milwaukee, Wis., and and Muskegon, Mich., will make its first trip of the 2016 season on Friday, April 29.

Freighter makes its final trip
Soo Today (4/27)
After more than four decades traversing the Great Lakes, the Algomarine, a 730-foot self-unloading lake freighter, embarked on its last voyage.

See when 200-passenger cruise ships will be stopping in Muskegon this summer
MLive (4/25)
The Pearl Mist, a Great Lakes cruise ship will make 10 planned stops in Muskegon, Mich., this summer.

NY Canal System moves up opening day of boating season
The Associated Press (4/25)
The New York State Canal System will open four days earlier than originally scheduled, at 7 a.m. on Wednesday instead of on May 1.

Efforts to get more funding for Great Lakes Navigation System
Rochester Business Journal (4/22)
U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter from New York is asking for more money for the Great Lakes Navigation System to be included in the Water Resources Development Act.

Lakes Pilots getting more pilots, new boat
The Times Herald (4/6)
A U.S. Coast Guard-approved 12 percent increase in the rates Great Lakes pilots can charge means a total of nine additional pilots will be hired by the three companies that pilot foreign flag vessels.

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The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are part of a vast system linking North America's heartland with ports and markets throughout the world. Since 1959, more than 2 billion metric tons of cargo estimated at $300 billion have moved to and from Canada, the United States and almost 50 other nations, making the system a critical component of the economy. More than 60 percent of seaway traffic travels to and from overseas ports, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Iron ore, coal, grain and steel make up about 80 percent of cargoes shipped each year.

As the world's longest deep-draft inland waterway, the system extends from Duluth, Minn., on Lake Superior, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of more than 2,340 miles. This shortcut to the continent's interior was made possible with the construction of a ship canal and lock system opened in 1855 at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the development of the Welland Canal since 1829, and the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959.

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General Resources
About the St. Lawrence Seaway
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Links to information on locs, canals and channels, statistical facts and more.

Canadian Shipowners Association
The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) mandate, “to promote an economic and competitive Canadian marine transportation industry,” is fundamental to the daily operation and motivation of the organization and its members.

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping
This site provides information on vessel passages in the Great Lakes, plus photo galleries, handy facts and more.

Great Lakes navigation: Existing and new projects
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters
An overview of existing Great Lakes navigation systems and authorities for new navigation features.

Soo Locks
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District
Learn about the history and operation of the Soo Locks and the significance of their role in waterborne commerce.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
U.S. SLSDC and Canadian SLSMC
This joint, binational site of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation offers comprehensive data on water levels and wind speeds; shipping and navigation regulations and official forms; and links to every organization, port and government agency involved with the Great Lakes Seaway System.

U.S. Flag Shipping on the Great Lakes
Lake Carriers' Association
An overview of the magnitude and efficiency of waterborne commerce in the Great Lakes.

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Research and Education
Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies
BCMS began operation in May of 1998 and has worked with thousands of area youth creating positive learning experiences through building boats, learning about our environment and having fun on beautiful Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie.

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin
Learn all about a traditional Great Lakes schooner, the S/V Denis Sullivan, Wisconsin's Flagship and floating classroom.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy
Northwestern Michigan College
The academy is one of only six state maritime academies authorized by the federal government to train future officers for the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Study
The Canadian and U.S. governments are conducting a joint study to evaluate the infrastructure needs of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system, specifically the engineering, economic and environmental implications of those needs as they pertain to the marine transportation infrastructure on which commercial navigation depends.

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA)
Climb aboard the schooner Inland Seas for science field trips and shipboard learning programs. This floating classroom offers hands-on science training and experience in the Great Lakes ecosystem for all ages.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
LSMMA seeks to acquire, preserve and exhibit marine artifacts and to present programs pertaining to Lake Superior and to disseminate such information to the general public through museum attendance, newsletters and meetings.

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Canada
Kingston's waterfront marine heritage offers the family and marine enthusiasts a chance to reflect on the history of shipping on the Great Lakes.

Maritime College
State University of New York
The college offers Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees.

Maritime History of the Great Lakes
This site is an ongoing experiment in the design of a "digital library", a collection of documents intended to be of value to those researching Great Lakes History.

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute
Established in December 2004, the GLMRI represents a consortium of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This first-ever institute dedicated to the study of Great Lakes maritime commerce is pursuing research in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning and port management.

U.S. Brig Niagara
Erie, Pa., is the proud home of the U.S. Brig Niagara, a reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship in the battle of Lake Erie. Meet the crew and learn the history through this unique program of sailing and historic interpretation.

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Declaration of Indiana
Great Lakes Commission
Presents a series of principles and action items for strengthening the Great Lakes economy through a strong and vibrant maritime transportation system.

Jones Act Updates
Lake Carriers' Association
Current legislative information in relation to the Jones Act.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Information on regulations for ship owners, ship masters, and ship agents/operators.

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Ports
AAPA Port & Industry Service Directory
American Association of Port Authorities
The AAPA's comprehensive official directory and online registry of port-related services and equipment companies serving the port industry throughout the world.

Great Lakes Port O'Call
This PBS television series features ports of interest for recreational boaters around the Great Lakes area.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Port Profiles
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Profiles include information on port staff and commissioners, tonnage, primary cargoes, channel depth, port terminals and facilities, port marketing and trade offices, customs offices and overseas sister ports.

Port Huron, Michigan
City of Port Huron
Visit the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes!

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About the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Facts about the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system, overview of cargoes, history of the seaway, online brochures and more.

Duluth Shipping News
A comprehensive shipping newspaper for the Duluth area.

Great Lakes Marine Collection
Milwaukee Public Library
This site previews the collection which includes original materials such as log books, vessel plans and wreck reports.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Economic Impact Study
In Oct. 2011, the marine industry released the results of a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. For the first time, the economic impacts have been measured for both the U.S. and Canada, at the same time, using the same methodology.

Seaway Review
Harbor House Publisher
This quarterly magazine has covered the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway Maritime transportation industry since 1970.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Maritime
GLIN: Boating in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Dredging in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: St. Lawrence River and Seaway
GLIN: Transportation in the Great Lakes Region

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