In this paper, the economic significance of the Great Lakes Basin area will be established. It will be shown that this region is very dependent upon bulk commodity flows and, therefore, the Great Lakes marine transportation industry is a vital link to maintaining the competitive position of this region both nationally and internationally. The introduction of pelletized ore products which can be shipped during the winter months has made new shipping opportunities available. Traditionally, the shipping season has been approximately eight months in duration; now a twelve-month season is envisioned. The problem of overcoming the navigation obstacles were solved through a system approach. Many new operating policies had to be adopted by both private and public organizations. New technologies were developed and applied through the cooperation of several research organizations, privately owned steamship companies and many governmental agencies. This paper will trace the history of the season extension program and summarize many of the changes and improvements which have been necessary to attain the goal of season extension on the Great Lakes. Realized and anticipated benefits accrued from the season extension portray the new economic life available for the Great Lakes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the SNAME Spring Meeting, Chicago, Ill., May 22-24, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Ransom, W R
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 11
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM