April 9, 2019 - Crain's Cleveland BusinessIn mid-2022, Interlake Steamship Co. will welcome the first new ship to its fleet since 1981. The Middleburg Heights-based U.S. flag fleet is partnering with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., on construction of the bulk carrier. A news release stated that the ship is "believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983." In an email, Interlake president Mark W. Barker said this is the first fully integrated ship the company has built since 1981. It did a tug-barge conversion in 1998. The addition of the new ship will bring Interlake Steamship's fleet to 10 active vessels, as it will be extending the fleet instead of replacing a ship.
April 9, 2019 - Duluth News TribuneThe first U.S.-flag laker to be built this century was commissioned this week and figures to be completed by mid-2022. The new "river-class" vessel will be built to transit the Great Lakes and service customers in some of the smaller harbors found in the rivers connecting the lakes. Commissioned by Interlake Steamship Company, based outside Cleveland, the 639-foot carrier capable of hauling 28,000 gross tons will be built in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Both companies have 100-plus years of history on the Great Lakes. "We're proud to add it, announce it and ensure we serve our customers for years to come," Interlake Steamship President Mark Barker told the News Tribune. "It's being built with a lot of steel from Great Lakes steel mills to carry the products that help to do just that."
March 29, 2019 - Cleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio -- You can’t help but stare at a freighter on the Cuyahoga River. The Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder is a Cleveland mainstay, representing the city’s manufacturing backbone and the river’s environmental resurgence. Every February, she’s one of the first ships on the Great Lakes to emerge from winter lay up, working every day to deliver loads of iron ore from the Cleveland Bulk Terminal to the Arcellor-Mittal steel plant 6 miles up the river.
March 25, 2019 - MLive.comSAULT STE. MARIE, MI - The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks. The Stewart J. Cort arrived at the lock system just before midnight. Ship enthusiasts had been tracking her progress through the Lower Great Lakes. Fans gathered near the huge lock system in Sault Ste. Marie as the Cort pulled into the Poe Lock, which handles all the big freighters upbound for Lake Superior.
February 27, 2019 - News 5 ClevelandCLEVELAND — Great pay and benefits, free meals plus room and board all without a college degree. Sounds like a dream job, right? The catch, you need to hop on a freighter ship for weeks and even months at a time and set sail on the Great Lakes. In the middle of winter, the waters of Lake Erie are harsh and unforgiving. Too dangerous to navigate for most. But come spring, once the ice thaws and the air warms up, there will be money to be had on the water. Always has been always will be.
February 24, 2019 - Duluth News TribuneAn apprentice pilot on the Great Lakes, Jason Church hops on numerous international cargo vessels in a given year as he transits the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway out to the Atlantic Ocean as a career. For the past several years, using the digital sobriquet "Captain Jason Church," he's been delivering insight, imagery and videos of the lakes on social media. His Twitter and Instagram timelines offer a vantage point of shipping life once mostly foreign to the public.
January 14, 2019 - Fox 11 NewsSTURGEON 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.
January 11, 2019 - MLive.comSAGINAW, MI - More commercial shipping vessels traveled into the Saginaw River in 2018, reaching the highest number seen in the past eight years. The shipping season started on March 29, 2018, with the arrival of the tugboat Spartan and its tank barge, Spartan II. The ship also was the first of the season in 2017, according to data provided by Todd Shorkey, of boatnerd.com, who compiles the data in an annual report each year.
January 1, 2019 - MLive.comThere'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.
December 27, 2018 - Cleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio -- We love to watch them, majestic freighters as long as skyscrapers, gliding through Lake Erie or through the curves of the Cuyahoga River. Interlake Steamship, based in Middleburg Heights, operates nine lakers on the Great Lakes. From April through January, they travel, delivering nearly 20 million tons of iron ore, stone and coal each year. Interlake features each of its ships on its annual calendar. Want one of your own? Interlake donated calendars to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. You can buy one at the museum for $4.95, plus shipping. To order, call 419-214-5000 extension 200, or go to the website at nmglstore.org.