Commercial shipping industry leaders converge on Indianapolis

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership hosted its fifth state capital day event December 12. The partnership is a joint project of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Lake Carriers’ Association, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and Fednav. Over the last three years, the partnership has organized similar events in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan with the goal of educating state officials on the importance of waterborne transportation and the Great Lakes/Seaway system.

The Indiana event included meetings with state agency leaders, state trade association leaders and members of the Indiana General Assembly. The highlight of the event was a meeting with Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, who presented the group with a proclamation designating December 12 as Great Lakes Maritime Day in Indiana.

The industry delegation highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of Great Lakes shipping, discussed progress on the Soo Lock replacement project and discussed efforts to rally regional support for the project’s completion.

Similar state capital events will be planned for 2019 as the partnership seeks to reach out to newly elected governors and their teams.

Maritime Editorial