Current Projects

Research Focus Areas

Initial broad research focus areas for GLMRI were mandated by Congress. These general focus areas have been refined with input from the Maritime Administration and various stakeholders. Each year at the GLMRI annual meetings, the Advisory Board determines future areas of research that build upon completed studies and take into consideration current issues and opportunities for research within the Great Lakes maritime community. (complete list of GLMRI research focus areas)

Natural Gas Re-Powering Study

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute with the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association:

Ballast Tank Sediment Study

Continuing Projects

  • Combining Fine Dredged Materials and Biosolids for Sustainable, Beneficial Reuse; Dr. Nathan Johnson, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Great Lakes Maritime Education Program for K-12 Teachers, Students and Communities; Ms. Joan Chadde, Michigan Technological University
  • Building Sustainable Solutions to the Issue of Ballast Water Treatment: Testing Relationships between Propagule Pressure and Colonization Success of Invasive Species; Dr. Donn Branstrator and Mr. Matthew TenEyck. University of Minnesota Duluth (with Dr. Mary Balcer, University of Wisconsin-Superior)

Current Annual Report

Past Projects

*Reports are in PDF format. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Latest News:

Inland Waterways LNG Stakeholders Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) in conjunction with and support from the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, hosted a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the possibilities of using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel for the inland waterways".

Third annual meeting on regional Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) potential held May 21st

LNG experts discussed LNG uses and the safety culture along with their experiences as current users. The afternoon panel highlighted the potential benefits of using LNG, themed "greening the supply chain". More details here.

Meeting to Discuss Base Local Demand and Siting for an LNG Liquefaction Plant

Potential LNG fuel users from mining, agricultural, trucking, rail and maritime sectors met to determine if there is sufficient base load demand within a 200 mile region to warrant development of an LNG liquefaction and fuel transport, storage and distribution network centered in Duluth/Superior. Work continues to consider siting and determine supply chain demand. Presentations from the meeting

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Meeting Highlights

The SNAME Section meeting was held on Feb. 13-14 in conjunction with the Great Lakes Waterways Conference in Clevelandl. Read meeting highlights here