Lake Carriers' Association

The Source For Information About U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Shipping

Latest Additions

Lakes Fleet Vastly Underutilized in June: Text / Tabular
Limestone Slump Continues in June
Cleveland Harbor Dry-Bulk Cargo Report: May
Dock Outage Contributes to Coal Dip in May: Text / Tabular
May U.S.-Flag Float Static: Text / Tabular
Ore Trade Revs Up a Bit in May: Text / Tabular
Big Drop in Lakes Limestone Trade in May
Great Lakes Maritime Task Force Names Cong. Dave Camp Great Lakes Legislator of the Year
U.S.-Flag Lakers to Combat Spread of Fish Virus: News Release / Ballast Water Management Plan
2006 Annual Report and 2007 Position Papers Available On-Line
Lack of Draft Slashes January Coal Trade
LCA, GLMTF Testify About Dredging Crisis: Release / Testimony / Graphics
Great Lakes Map: Ports / Table of Cargo Handled by Ports
Updated Ohio Brochure Available On Homepage
U.S.-Flag Shipping On The Great Lakes Brochure Available On Homepage

LAKE CARRIERS' ASSOCIATION is the trade association representing U.S.-Flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes. The Association's 18 member companies operate 63 U.S.-Flag self-propelled vessels ("Lakers") and integrated tug/barge units ranging in length from 383 to 1,013.5 feet. Cargo movement by LCA fleets and other U.S.-Flag Lakes operators has topped more than 125 million tons in a year.  Iron ore, stone and coal are the primary commodities carried by LCA members. Other cargos include cement, salt, sand, and grain. The vast majority of cargos carried by U.S.-Flag lakers move between U.S. ports, what is commonly referred to as the Jones Act trades.

In promoting the common interests of its members and their customers, LCA places special importance on legislative and regulatory matters. To facilitate a broad-based understanding of U.S.-Flag shipping on the Great Lakes and its role in the nation's economy, LCA compiles statistical information on ships in service and the volume of cargo movement, both in U.S.-Flag "Lakers" and from major Great Lakes ports both in the United States and Canada. The Association also publishes an Annual Report and produces brochures on topics of special interest.

America can take pride in the U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet. No other maritime nation in the world has assembled such a modern, productive fleet of self-unloading vessels. The thirteen 1,000-footers flying the U.S.-Flag on the Lakes are longer than most of grandest ocean liners. So technologically advanced are these vessels that they can discharge 65,000 tons of iron ore or coal in 10 hours or less without any assistance from shoreside personnel or equipment. To receive a copy of LCA's four-color brochure U.S.-Flag Shipping On The Great Lakes, please let us know by e-mail (provide us with your mailing address).

Staff Directory

James H. I. Weakley, President
Glen Nekvasil - Vice President - Corporate Communications: (216) 861-0592
Carol Ann Lane - Secretary / Treasurer: (216) 861-0593


News Briefs

Monthly Cargo Report

Ships in Service

Jones Act Updates

Annual Report Highlights

Rules of the Road

Shipboard Employment

Related Home Pages

Great Lakes Maritime Task Force

Marketing Contacts

Boatwatchers' Corner

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614 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1383
Phone:  (216) 621-1107
Fax:  (216) 241-8262