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Study to shape Great Lakes shipping


USDOTJanuary 3, 2011 – A lot of stone gets shipped on the Great Lakes, and shipping is a vital part of the Great Lakes region economy. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration will hold three public meetings to gather data and comments for the agency's U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet Revitalization Study.  It will include reviewing investment options for the revitalization of the fleet and related regional maritime infrastructure, an overview of existing market conditions, an inventory of the U.S.-flagged Great Lakes vessels and regional port infrastructure, an examination of private/public sector financing options, and a benefit-cost analysis for each of the investment options.  Meetings will be held in Cleveland on Feb. 15; Duluth, Minn. on Feb. 23; and Chicago on Feb. 25.  The Federal Register notice can be found at  http://federalregister.gov/a/2010-32761.