Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie

The Mariner’s Port

Michigan’s Gateway Port

Potential, realized.

As it has been since its establishment, The Port of Monroe boasts a strategic location along the Great Lakes. Today, the Port looks to capitalize on its strengths as a large land mass port with significant industry and multi-modal connectivity, and continue to be an economic engine for Monroe County and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway region.

On the cover

In 2021, the Port was featured on the cover of several publications, including Greenwood’s guide to Great Lakes shipping. This harkens back to previous historic publications that the port has been featured on.

Unique and historic cargo

The Port of Monroe moved a generator stator to the Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant in 2019. The Port handled the original generator in 1976 with the same company, Mammoet, which is now BigLift.

The Great Lakes Towing Company

One of the constants in Monroe has been the presence of the historic Great Lakes Towing Company. The tug America, pictured below assisting the Pittsburgh Steamship vessel Irving S. Olds, is currently stationed in the Port of Monroe as the Georgia. This tug, built in 1897, has been subject to multiple sinkings and rebuilds during her career, and is the oldest operating tugboat in the world. She continues to perform ship assists and ice breaking work for vessels in Monroe, and the Port has also welcomed other tugs from the towing company in addition to the Georgia.

Setting up along the Riverfront

Additional investment in Monroe required the rehabilitation of the long-dormant riverfront. The Port welcomed the first self-unloader vessel in 2015 and welcomed the same vessel back in 2018 after construction of a new berth along the riverfront. This investment, was the State of Michigan’s first investment in a commercial port.