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.

A Grad Who Loves Lakers

When Kerry Pierce shared with us that she planned to have a miniature Interlake vessel atop her grad cap this spring, we had to find out more about what was driving this 23-year-old’s passion for Lakers.

Tell us about your grad cap: what inspired you and how’d you make it?

This grad cap actually isn't the first time I've worn a laker on my head, believe it or not! Back in 2015, I constructed a large front half of a freighter out of craft foam and a baseball cap to wear to the Lake Superior State University hockey games. I became sorta famous on campus for proudly wearing my ship hat all the time, and it felt natural to bring that with me all the way to graduation, too! So I decided to replicate the idea in a more practical way with a smaller ship on my grad cap, this time being an Interlake vessel as a nod toward the ship that began my interest in the whole shipping industry -- the Lee A. Tregurtha. It probably took me about 5 hours of nonstop work to complete. I used a fabric overlay on the cap to replicate the appearance of the ice thawing on the lakes in the early spring season, white rope trim, craft foam for the laker, and scrapbooking stickers. 

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