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Low water levels pose hazards, capacity limits for Great Lakes shippers

1:03 PM, Apr. 4, 2013
First ship of 2013 arrives in Green Bay
First ship of 2013 arrives in Green Bay: Wednesday, April 3: The Great Lakes freighter Alpena was the first arrival to the port of Green Bay for the 2013 shipping season.
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As the 2013 Great Lakes shipping season begins, the latest water levels forecast offers little encouragement for commercial carriers.

Shippers should expect to encounter continued low water levels over the next six months and the possibility of having to leave some of their cargo dockside.

While water levels are not expected to reach record lows, as they did in Lake Michigan and Huron in January, they are forecast to remain well below long-term averages, according to Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' district office in Detroit. ...

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