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Great Lakes-Seaway News' purpose is to provide news, critical information updates, and thoughtful commentary to those who care about the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System specifically, and the maritime industry in general. It is important that Great Lakes-Seaway News also become a forum and online meeting place so that ideas can be presented, issues can be debated and relationships can be made to advance the seaway system’s interests for now and for the future.

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Wednesday
May272015

St. Lawrence Seaway Hands-Free Mooring System Earns Award 

The "Hands-Free Mooring System" used by ships transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway has won a prestigious award from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“With the creation of the world’s first Hands-Free Mooring system for movement of ships through locks, I am proud to say that The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is truly a world leader in marine technology,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Transport Minister.

The Promising Innovation in Transport Award is offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD, an intergovernmental organization for the transport sector, with 54 member countries. The award will be presented tomorrow in Leipzig, Germany, during the 2015 Summit of Transport Ministers.

The Hands-Free Mooring System employs vacuum pads mounted on vertical rails to secure the ship during the lockage process, tracking the ship as it is raised or lowered, while keeping it at a fixed distance from the lock wall.

The equipment replaces the traditional practice of manually securing cargo ships in locks with steel mooring lines, which is more time consuming, labor internsive and potentially dangerous process.

“Seaway employees have demonstrated an innovative spirit that is essential to success in today’s global economy,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation .  “With strong support from a wide variety of stakeholders, including Transport Canada who partnered with us in providing funding for the modernization project, we are setting the stage for a thoroughly modern lock operating system, which will ensure the Seaway’s future competitiveness and sustainability.”

Full deployment of the Hands-Free Mooring system at all of Canada's Seaway locks is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Tuesday
May262015

This Week's Poll Question

Monday
May252015

Memorial Day Tribute

Friday
May222015

Signals Point Towards Tight Canadian Federal Election 

The political environment in Canada is pointing toward a tight race in federal elections to be held in the Fall.  The ruling Conservative Party holds a slight lead over the Liberal Party with the left-wing National Democratic Party trailing the two leading parties but gaining momentum in recent weeks.  

A new survey of voter attitudes by the Nanos polling organization shows the Conservatives holding 32.9 percent support among poll respondents, with the Liberals trailing at 31.3 percent. The NDP came in at 25.2 percent, but those numbers reflect a substantial upward trend since February. 

In the previous federal election held in 2011, the NDP won 31 percent of the vote nationally, coming in second to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's ruling Conservative Party. The rise of the NDP that year consigned the Liberal Party to third-place status among Canada's three largest political parties.

According to pollster Nic Nanos, a New Democrat surge usually benefits the Conservatives, as it splits the progressive vote between the Liberals and the NDP.

"If there's no clear challenger to (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper, then what we'll see is the non-Harper universe divided," says Nanos.

Canada's political landscape has been relatively stagnant in recent months, but that all looks to change as the election draws closer and the parties drive their messages home to the voters over the summer months.

 

Thursday
May212015

WWTV in Traverse City, MI Highlights Rebounding Water Levels