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Submitted by Glen Nekvasil <ggn@lcaships.com>

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Cleveland conference to focus on Great Lakes maritime transportation



New initiatives aimed at modernizing marine transportation in the Great Lakes/Seaway system, and making it more environmentally sound, will be discussed at a binational shipping conference to be held in Cleveland Wednesday, March 8.



Among topics at the annual Marine Community Day conference at Cleveland's Downtown Marriot will be a new maritime industry coalition formed to strengthen the industry's environmental policies and practices and develop new standards of performance.



The Ottawa-based "Green Marine" coalition involves both U.S. and Canadian companies and represents one of the Great Lakes shipping industry's broadest efforts yet to address environmental issues.



New information will also be presented at the meeting revealing a much lesser impact on Cleveland's air quality from marine diesel engines than government studies had claimed.



Discussions will also include futuristic new research and development taking place at the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute in Duluth, Minnesota. The institute is a newly created consortium of the University of Wisconsin - Superior and the University of Minnesota - Duluth.



Participants of Marine Community Day include representatives of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes fleets, ports, labor organizations, and industries served by Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway vessels, as well as U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian government officials.



For more information, contact Glen Nekvasil, 216-861-0592.

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