Category Archives: Great Lakes Updates

664-foot freighter is last one through as Michigan’s Soo Locks close for winter

By Tanda Gmiter | tgmiter@mlive.com SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – In the final days of the winter shipping season on the Upper Great Lakes, there’s always a little bit of steel horse jockeying as freighter fans speculate about which laker will be the last to go through the Soo Locks before they close for their […]

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Cold snap has Great Lakes icing up fast, grinding freighters to a halt

The Great Lakes cumulatively went from 3.3% to 9.4% ice covered in just five days, from Dec. 22 through Wednesday, with continued cold temperatures expected to keep that number rising quickly. The Great Lakes at this time last year had just 3.2% ice cover — and a scant 0.3% ice cover at this time in […]

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