Safety Culture

At Interlake, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety and well-being of our employees and their families.

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Sustainable Shipping

Reducing emissions on the Great Lakes and leading the way with advanced technologies since 2006.

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We carry the building blocks of America.

We move the raw materials that power the Great Lakes region and beyond…it’s what we’ve done for more than 100 years.

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A Proud U.S.-Flag Fleet

All Interlake vessels are U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed.

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Innovative Solutions

We go the extra mile to ensure we provide our customers with unparalleled service while managing their logistic challenges.

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"We deliver our commitment to a customer-first philosophy through our core values of Integrity, Respect, High Performance and Accountability."

Mark Barker President – Interlake Steamship Company

Thank you for visiting The Interlake Steamship Company.

We are a family-owned company tracing its history more than 100 years on the Great Lakes, but now we are a modern marine transportation business that is made up of 400 company family members who make us who we are today.

Please explore our website to learn more about the exciting things we have been doing to ensure our fleet is on the forefront of technology and environmental stewardship while delivering the essential cargoes our customers require to drive the economy of the Great Lakes region and the nation. We are honored to partner with some of the best steelmakers, power generation companies, aggregate suppliers & users, and others that choose to move their raw materials on lake freighters — the most environmental and efficient mode of transportation.

I have had the honor and privilege to support our teams on land and by sea in delivering innovative solutions for our customers. Without question, our history is rich in tradition and accomplishments, but I am excited about the future and where we are headed to meet the new demands for logistics in the Great Lakes and beyond. So come explore who we are, what we can do and let us find a solution for you.

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January 14, 2019
STURGEON BAY (WLUK) -- One of the biggest ships on the Great Lakes is getting some seasonal maintenance. The James R. Barker is part of the Winter Fleet gathering in Sturgeon Bay, and the arrival is turning into a tourist attraction for the area as well. With an escort from the 100-foot long tug William C. Gaynor, the 1000-foot long James R. Barker is hard to miss. A small crowd gathered Monday morning in Sturgeon Bay at a place called bullhead point to take it all in.
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January 1, 2019
There's no denying our Great Lakes Region is full of freighter fans. Whether it's a 1,000-footer heading into Michigan's Soo Locks or a sleek tugboat lending a hand to one of its bulkier siblings, people across our area love to watch these big boats ply our inland seas. Social media has made sharing these experiences so much more fun. And one Great Lakes fleet - the Interlake Steamship Company - has upped its game in recent years, sharing fantastic pictures, drone video and time-lapse clips from its crews and fans alike. As a year-end treat, the Ohio-based shipping company put together some of its most popular images from 2018 - a bit of a maritime calendar send-off. With Interlake's permission, we are sharing them with our readers.
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Military2Maritime: Meet Our Veterans

When Jack Brandenburg enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1998, he envisioned a long career serving in the elite infantry.

“I wanted to sign up for 20 years right away, and my recruiter said maybe just sign up for four years right now. So I did,” says Brandenburg, now a relief mate with the Interlake Steamship Company fleet.

After boot camp in San Diego, Calif., he joined Charlie company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, and did a couple of deployments pre-9/11, and one deployment post-9/11.

But after breaking both of his ankles while serving in the Middle East, Brandenburg was sent back stateside for surgery. His injuries meant an end to his infantry career. Lacking the desire to take the “desk jobs” available, he opted for an early retirement in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

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