Interlake Steamship

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Safety Culture

At Interlake, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety and well-being of our employees and their families.

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Sustainable Shipping

Reducing emissions on the Great Lakes and leading the way with advanced technologies since 2006.

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We carry the building blocks of America.

We move the raw materials that power the Great Lakes region and beyond…it’s what we’ve done for more than 100 years.

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A Proud U.S.-Flag Fleet

All Interlake vessels are U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed.

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Innovative Solutions

We go the extra mile to ensure we provide our customers with unparalleled service while managing their logistic challenges.

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"We deliver our commitment to a customer-first philosophy through our core values of Integrity, Respect, High Performance and Accountability."

Mark Barker President – Interlake Steamship Company

Thank you for visiting The Interlake Steamship Company.

We are a family-owned company tracing its history more than 100 years on the Great Lakes, but now we are a modern marine transportation business that is made up of 400 company family members who make us who we are today.

Please explore our website to learn more about the exciting things we have been doing to ensure our fleet is on the forefront of technology and environmental stewardship while delivering the essential cargoes our customers require to drive the economy of the Great Lakes region and the nation. We are honored to partner with some of the best steelmakers, power generation companies, aggregate suppliers & users, and others that choose to move their raw materials on lake freighters — the most environmental and efficient mode of transportation.

I have had the honor and privilege to support our teams on land and by sea in delivering innovative solutions for our customers. Without question, our history is rich in tradition and accomplishments, but I am excited about the future and where we are headed to meet the new demands for logistics in the Great Lakes and beyond. So come explore who we are, what we can do and let us find a solution for you.

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View All November 1, 2021 Freighter Ship Launched at Bayshipbuilding It’s been almost four decades since a new bulk carrier ship joined the Great Lakes fleet, a hiatus broken last Thursday after workers opened the valves to flood the dry dock at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay to launch the Mark W. Barker.“This is a huge milestone for all of us to be able to put the boat in the water for the first time,” said the vessel’s namesake, Mark Barker, president of Interlake Steamship, which commissioned and owns the ship.The 639-foot-long, 75-foot-wide bulk freighter received full maritime honors Oct. 28, including a large crowd, speeches and the crack of a ceremonial bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship above the vessel’s nameplate. Read More May 12, 2021 Boarding a freighter in the Soo Locks to deliver 5 doses of COVID vaccine SAULT STE. MARIE—In hard hats and safety vests, the two women shimmy up aluminum boarding ladders onto a converted World War II tanker.The rumble of the ship’s 8,040-horsepower engine makes conversation near-impossible on this blue sky morning. But public health workers Charity Zimmerman, a nurse, and Jill Schaefer, a clerk, know the drill on these steel giants that travel through the Soo Locks, the iconic commercial squeeze point between lakes Huron and Superior. Read More

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⚓Introducing our Motor Vessel Mark W. Barker⚓

Maiden Voyage Underway for the First U.S.-flagged Great Lakes Bulk Carrier in Nearly 40 years

Nearly three years after the first cut of steel for the first Great Lakes freighter in nearly 40 years, the 639-foot M/VMark W. Barkerembarked on her maiden voyage today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

“This is a monumental day for our company and the US flag fleet as our much-anticipated freighter departs on her first voyage in what will be a long life of service on the Great Lakes,” says Mark W. Barker, President of The Interlake Steamship Company and namesake of the vessel – the company’s first new build since 1981. “The construction of this vessel, which was made from steel manufactured in Indiana, from iron ore delivered by vessel from Minnesota, reinforces our long-term commitment to shipping and delivering essential cargoes for our customers throughout the region.”

The M/VMark W. Barkerdeparted the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin shipyard at 10:36 Eastern time for her 110-mile journey to Port Inland, Michigan where her crew of 21 professional mariners will load stone to deliver to Muskegon, Michigan. Once delivered, that stone cargo will go into ready-mix concrete production.

“This new vessel not only brings with it additional cargo carrying capacity and capabilities, it is the most versatile in our fleet and strategically sized to navigate into nearly any port on the Great Lakes,” says Brendan P. O’Connor, Vice President of Marketing and Marine Traffic. “The M/VMark W. Barkerwill give us unmatched ability for cargo operations and to carry unique project cargoes because of both her square-shaped cargo hold and larger hatch openings. She truly was designed to be a vessel for the future.”

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