Category: Maritime

Barge Launch at the MAFC Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Maritime

At the recently concluded MAFC Annual Meeting, held in Louisville, Kentucky, the conference attendees toured Jeff Boat and were able to watch the launching of a new barge. Both Mark Locker (Ohio DOT) and Ernie Perry (MAFC) captured the launch on video.

Midwest Ports Contribute to Increased Seaway Traffic


The Journal of Commerce points out that the 2 percent increase in St. Lawrence Seaway traffic is due in part to increased cargos originating at ports in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio. The port of Green Bay, Wis., tallied a 26 percent year-over-year increase in tonnage, and Toledo is 4 percent ahead of last year in […]

Great Lakes and Seaway Traffic

Maritime News

Great Lakes cargo traffic dropped 7 percent from July to August, according to an article in the Green Bay Press Gazette: Cargo traffic on the Great Lakes dipped almost 7 percent in August from July, but the amount of cargo carried by U.S.-flag freighters last month was on par with the five-year average for the […]

Port of Indiana and the Inland Waterways System

MAFC Maritime News Uncategorized

The Port of Indiana–Mt. Vernon was recently featured in the Courier & Press: “Port is big business for Indiana.” The Port of Indiana at Mount Vernon serves not only as a vital part of Indiana’s economy, but also as a key piece of the inland waterways system of the United States. For more information, check […]

Wisconsin's Long-range Transportation Plan

Freight Notes Funding Highway Maritime Rail

Officially adopted in 2009, Connections 2030 is the long-range transportation plan for Wisconsin. The plan addresses all forms of transportation; integrates transportation modes; and identifies policies and implementation priorities to aid transportation decision makers when evaluating program and project priorities over the next 20 years. Connections 2030 is a comprehensive transportation plan for moving people […]

Ship Building on the Great Lakes

Freight Notes Maritime

In a recent issue of Freight Notes (No. 11), I reported comments made at a listening session sponsored by MARAD on the future of Great Lakes shipping. Some of those comments, which I said surprised me, questioned whether the shipbuilding industry on the Lakes had the capacity to build a new thousand-foot laker from scratch. […]

The Far Reaching Effects of Canal Expansion

Highway Maritime Rail Research

Since it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal has been a vital part of international trade. However, the growth of worldwide shipping over the course of the last century has increasingly strained the Canal’s capacity, causing the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to estimate in 2006 that the Canal would reach its current operating capacity before […]

DOC Listening Sessions

Funding Highway Maritime Rail

The US Departments of Commerce (DOC) and Transportation have recently broken new ground. They are cooperating on a series of public meetings in which members of the private sector have been asked to come and discuss their concerns and ideas about transportation. This is new ground because the agencies are dealing with a fundamental issue […]

MARAD Listening Sessions


What is the future of freight movements on the Great Lakes? What are some of the challenges facing Great Lakes carriers? These are just two of the questions that representatives of the Federal Maritime Administration (MARAD), including the administrator and deputy administrator, and the consultant working on a review of Great Lakes freight movements asked […]