Great Lakes shipping

5:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Weather Expected to Delay Start of Great Lakes Shipping Season

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As of last week, 77% of the Great Lakes was covered with ice
Detroit The Great Lakes shipping season starts Tuesday, but you likely wont see freighters moving across their waters for a while. Blame it on the same thing responsible for this years bumper crop of potholes and longer school year the weather.
9:03 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Shipping suffers because of lower Great Lakes water levels

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Spring rains have helped but Lakes Michigan and Huron remain below average levels
Aboard the Dorothy Ann, in Lake Erie near Fairport Harbor, Ohio - As Capt. Jeremy R. Mock steered this 711-foot combination of tug and barge toward a harbor berth, a screen of red numbers indicated the decreasing depth of water under the vessel: 6 feet, 3.6 feet, 2 feet.
6:40 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Shipping industry sees increased cargo but faces challenge of lower water levels

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Increase in cargo seen as sign of economic improvement, but low lake levels could present a problem in moving freight.
As industrial operations across the country spring back to life after the recession, the Great Lakes shipping industry has seen an uptick in cargo levels. At the same time, there are several factors that could threaten the rebound, including problems with low lake levels and dredging of waterways.