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U.S. and Canada launch Green Shipping Corridor network in Great Lakes

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The United States and Canada recently announced they plan to establish a Green Shipping Corridor Network in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system

In a joint statement, the countries said Green shipping corridors are a quote “important element in catalyzing development of the fuels and infrastructure needed to make the transition to low and zero-emitting shipping”

Details for the plan weren’t available and the US State Department didn’t respond to our request for comment.

Debra DiCianna is with the Lake Carriers’ Assocation. She says there still isn’t a lot known about the carbon footprint of ships and change will take a while.

“For most of our members, vessels are older, and they're still quite efficient at doing what they do. So it's kind of hard to necessarily completely change your design or even in some cases, how do you change your engine to deal with it.”

DiCianna says several Great Lakes shipping companies are participating in multiple studies to better understand how to reduce emissions.

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