January 26, 2021 - Great Lakes NowThe Great Lakes’ iconic freighters remained common sights on the waters – that much didn’t change during pandemic. But, like many industries, shipping was hit hard by COVID-19. That feels especially salient when shipping is such an integral piece of the Great Lakes economy.
January 15, 2021 - Superior TelegramMark Barker, president of Interlake Maritime Services, which manages the steamship company, described the season as "one of the most dynamic in recent history." “It wasn’t necessarily a banner year for cargoes carried," Barker said, "but I’m extremely proud of the resourcefulness and responsiveness of our entire industry and especially the women and men onboard our ships in keeping the American economy moving forward these last 10 months.”
December 30, 2020 - Mason County PressThe S.S. Badger, along with the Pere Marquette 41 and its tug, Undaunted, have been sold to a family-operated shipping company based out of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Interlake Holding Company announced today the purchase of Lake Michigan Carferry Company and Pere Marquette Shipping Company. The acquisition signals the creation of a new business entity, Interlake Maritime Services, which will manage the new businesses along with The Interlake Steamship Company and its fleet of nine freighters.
December 18, 2020 - The Toledo BladeAn assignment to haul salt cargoes is typically a Great Lakes freighter’s death warrant. As anyone who drives a car on salt-treated roadways knows, salt and metal are a recipe for rust, especially where there’s also moisture. Multiply that by 25,000 tons at a time and it becomes clear why salt service has historically been the final chapter in many a ship’s story before a trip to the scrap yard. So what’s up with Interlake Steamship Co.’s plan to use its new freighter, now being built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Wisconsin, to haul rock salt from the Cargill mine in Cleveland pretty much as soon as the vessel enters service during the summer of 2022.
December 14, 2020 - MLiveThe coronavirus pandemic has brought loss, disruption, and dramatic change, but it also has inspired many Michigan students to find unique ways to help make a difference in the lives of others. Two high school students, who bonded over a love of the Great Lakes Region and freighters, wanted to show crew members aboard those fleets that their essential work was appreciated by creating Christmas care packages.
November 2, 2020 - WXYZ
October 1, 2020 - Professional MarinerA U.S.-flagged bulk carrier is being built in the Great Lakes region for the first time since 1983. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., is midway through the two-year project for Interlake Steamship Co., based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
June 24, 2020 - Maritime Professional
May 28, 2020 - Duluth News TribuneDavid and Gus Schauer will always have the memory of photographing twin 1,000-foot lakers as they docked side-by-side.
March 16, 2020 - MarineLinkAlong the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen. The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet of 45 venerable lakers. Most of these huge self-loading freight haulers are at least 50 years old, rust free, and fit; American steel sailing on a freshwater sea.