The Great Lakes Group


Port of Monroe Establishes Exclusive Partnership with The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard

The Port of Monroe has established an exclusive partnership with The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard in an effort to further expand their commercial maritime and transportation offerings with the addition of full service towing and shipyard services.

The Great Lakes Towing Company has relocated the tug WISCONSIN, and it is now permanently stationed in the Port of Monroe. This strategic positioning will allow for more responsive and efficient operations for harbor assist, ice breaking, and outside towing of project cargos. With the on-site presence of Great Lakes Shipyard, the Port of Monroe now offers fabrication and repair services for a variety of vessels. Available services include layup and winter work, topside repair, haul out, fabrication, emergency service, and more.

As a deep-water port with 3,000 linear feet of improved dock space, extensive laydown area, and centralized location on the Great Lakes, this new collaboration capitalizes upon strategic positioning, an underserved regional market, and long-standing industry partnerships. The Port and the Towing Company plan to expand on existing relationships by offering the best location, efficiency, and economics to new and existing customers.

“The Port of Monroe is extremely proud to partner with The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard to broaden our maritime service capabilities. With increased waterborne commerce comes an ever-present need for safe and efficient towing services as well as the opportunity for year-round vessel repairs and maintenance. Their highly respected reputation and proactive approach to sustainability make them the perfect partner for our rapidly growing port,” comments Paul C. LaMarre III, Port Director, Port of Monroe.

The Port of Monroe is Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie and serves as the gateway to Michigan’s multimodal transportation network. Located on the deep-draft frontage of the River Raisin with direct rail Class 1 rail access and immediately access to I-75, the Port of Monroe represents the closest convergence of major freight assets anywhere in the region. This accessibility coupled with efficient cargo handling, economic freight rates, and a highly accommodating Port management team have made the Port of Monroe one of the fastest growing seaports on the Great Lakes. Learn more at