Research Focus Areas

  • Evaluate short sea shipping market opportunities on the Great Lakes
  • Evaluate export and import markets for foreign trade between ports on the Great Lakes and foreign ports such as those located in Europe and Africa
  • Evaluate the environmental benefits of waterborne transportation in the Great Lakes region and assist in developing sustainable solutions to the environmental effects of maritime transportation and port operations
  • Analyze the methods and effects of taxes and fees imposed on Great Lakes shipping
  • Evaluate the state of shipbuilding and repair bases on the Great Lakes and the impact to the industry and national security
  • Analyze the origin-to-destination flow of freight in the Great Lakes
  • Analyze the economic viability of establishing transshipment facilities and intermodal for ocean-going and intra-lake cargoes on the Great Lakes, which may include the evaluation of 12-month operations of the locks and shipping lanes
  • Evaluate new vessel designs for domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes
  • Develop new products and technologies to enhance port security and port operations
  • Provide education and outreach activities to the public on Great Lakes maritime shipping, port security and intermodal operations
  • Identify ways to improve the integration of the Great Lakes Marine Transportation System (MTS) into the national transportation system
  • Examine the potential of expanded seasonal operations on the Great Lakes MTS
  • Identify ways to include intelligent transportation applications into the Great Lakes MTS
  • Analyze the effects and impacts of aging infrastructure and port corrosion on the Great Lakes MTS
  • Establish and maintain a model Great Lakes MTS database
  • Identify market opportunities for, and impediments to, the use of United States-flag vessels in trade with Canada on the Great Lakes

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