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Welcome to Grand River Navigation Company

Grand River Navigation began operating in 2000, leasing a barge and purchasing a tug, which was time chartered to Lower Lakes Transportation Company, a subsidiary of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. The Company has grown from its infancy to become part of one of the largest marine transportation service providers operating on the Great Lakes today.

Grand River Navigation operates a fleet of three self-unloading bulk carriers and three self-unloading articulated tug and barge units in the United States of America. Combined with our Canadian sister company, we have a combined fleet of 15 vessels. These vessels transport a diverse array of dry bulk commodities including limestone, coal, iron ore, salt, grain and other commodities for more than 50 long-standing customers in the construction, electric utility, integrated steel and food industries.

Grand River Navigation is unique on the Great Lakes. In conjunction with our Canadian sister company, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., we operate both U.S. and Canadian flagged vessels. This operating flexibility is a significant advantage as we are the only company in the Great Lakes region providing significant domestic port-to-port services to both the U.S, and Canada.

The bulk of Grand River’s vessels operate in the River Class market segment, where we are the undisputed market leader. River Class vessels, which we define as being less than 650 feet in overall length, can operate in ports that are restricted from receiving larger vessels.


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