We are an alliance of marine logistics and dock service companies committed to helping drive a low-carbon economy in West Michigan. Our goals are to see that State of Michigan's renewable energy mandate is met or exceeded, create opportunity for local manufacturing and service related job growth in the renewable energy sector, and provide access to carbon footprint reducing marine freight corridors that provide cost effective movement of goods throughout domestic and international markets.
One laker ship can carry as many as 225 rail cars of cargo at one time which makes them 175 times as fuel efficient as trains.
Shipping via the Great Lakes alleviates traffic congestion and reduces road maintenance and repairs.
Marine transportation emits fewer CO2 emissions than other modes of transportation.
Marine transport accounts for 90% of cross-border trade but only uses 7% of energy consumed by transport activities.
A cargo of 1,000 tons transported by a Great Lakes carrier produces 90 per cent less CO2 as compared to the same cargo transported by truck and 70 per cent less than the same cargo transported by rail.
Source: USDOT Maritime Administration and Minnesota Department of Transportation