March 21, 2017 - Maritime Reporter & Engineering NewsMaritime Reporter & Engineering News recently spoke with Mark Barker, president of The Interlake Steamship Company, who sent its fourth vessel -- its second 1,000-footer -- to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.
December 24, 2016 - Times HeraldCapt. Joseph Ruch will be home for Christmas — but that's not always been the case for the Fort Gratiot resident. Ruch is the master of the M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar, one of the nine active vessels traveling the Great Lakes for the Interlake Steamship Co. He got his first ship in 1977, so he'll have been a Great Lakes sailor for 40 years come the new year.
September 6, 2015Coal shipments are down, but the iron ore business remains strong, as Middleburg Heights-based Interlake Steamship Co. is finishing $100 million in improvements to the company's fleet of nine Great Lakes freighters. And that's on top of normal maintenance, which will run more than $20 million this winter, a bit more than usual.
July 6, 2015Detroit Free Press coverage aboard our Queen of the Lakes
June 25, 2015Chris Perkins is the conveyorman aboard the freighter, the Paul R. Tregurtha, and he has one of the dirtiest jobs on the ship.
June 25, 2015 - Detroit Free PressThe space where the boat had to go is 110 feet wide. The boat is 105 feet wide. No problem.
June 24, 2015Detroit Free Press coverage aboard our Queen of the Lakes
June 22, 2015Detroit Free Press coverage aboard our Queen of the Lakes
June 8, 2015 - ABC 10 UPMARQUETTE — United States Senator Gary Peters took a tour around the Honorable James L. Oberstar earlier today. The Honorable James L. Oberstar is 806 feet long with a carrying capacity of 31,000 gross tons, which equates to over 69 million pounds. The vessel carries iron ore, which is critical for the American Steel and automobile industries.