Senators seek funding for Great Lakes icebreaker

Eight American senators from the Great Lakes area are pushing for federal funding for a new icebreaking vessel. Currently there is only one heavy icebreaker operating on the five lakes, which can result in heavy delays for shipping in winter.

The senators claim that lack of icebreakers and the subsequent backlog of ships waiting to move cargoes cost the American economy $355m last year.

Meteorologists in North America are anticipating a particularly harsh winter this year.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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