Muskegon port http://michiganradio.org en Legislators back Lake Michigan barge proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/legislators-back-lake-michigan-barge-proposal <p>MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Supporters of allowing cargo barges to travel on Lake Michigan as far north as Muskegon say they've lined up significant backing from members of the state legislature.<br /><br />The Michigan Agri-Business Association says 86 House members and eight senators have signed letters favoring the idea.<br /><br />Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright says allowing barges to call at ports in Muskegon and elsewhere along the lake's eastern shore would give those areas a better shot at economic growth opportunities. Sen. Goeff Hansen says it would lead to infrastructure improvements. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:51:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16565 at http://michiganradio.org Legislators back Lake Michigan barge proposal Agri-business wants river barges to access Muskegon’s deep water port http://michiganradio.org/post/agri-business-wants-river-barges-access-muskegon-s-deep-water-port <p>The Michigan Agri-Business Association <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?objectId=090000648147db81&amp;disposition=attachment&amp;contentType=pdf">wants to open the Port of Muskegon </a>to river barge traffic.</p><p>The large, flat-bottomed boats already carry huge shipments from New Orleans up the Mississippi River to ports in Milwaukee and Indiana.</p><p>The Michigan Agri-Business Association wants the U.S. Coast Guard to allow the ships to come to Muskegon’s deep water port too.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16455 at http://michiganradio.org Agri-business wants river barges to access Muskegon’s deep water port Muskegon officials considering port expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-officials-considering-port-expansion <p>The Muskegon port could be expanded to accommodate for larger cargo. The port is one of the only naturally occurring deep water ports, which makes it ideal for bigger ships.<br><br>The port could be used to transport agricultural fertilizers and other goods like wind turbines, scrap metals and coal.</p><p>Jonathon Seyferth&nbsp; is with Muskegon Area First. He says expanding the Muskegon port could help transport goods across the country.<br><br>"The port can make West Michigan and Muskegon an attractive option for all kinds of economic industrial manufacturing development," he said.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:47:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14189 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon officials considering port expansion