Safety Culture

At Interlake, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety and well-being of our employees and their families.

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Sustainable Shipping

Reducing emissions on the Great Lakes and leading the way with advanced technologies since 2006.

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We carry the building blocks of America.

We move the raw materials that power the Great Lakes region and beyond…it’s what we’ve done for more than 100 years.

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A Proud U.S.-Flag Fleet

All Interlake vessels are U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed.

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Innovative Solutions

We go the extra mile to ensure we provide our customers with unparalleled service while managing their logistic challenges.

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"We get to create value by working our passion and solving customer needs across the Great Lakes. We deliver on those commitments through our core values of Innovation, Customer First, Passion to Perform, and One Hand."

Mark Barker President – Interlake Steamship Company

Thank you for visiting The Interlake Steamship Company.

We are a family-owned company tracing its history more than 100 years on the Great Lakes, but now we are a modern marine transportation business that is made up of 400 company family members who make us who we are today.

Please explore our website to learn more about the exciting things we have been doing to ensure our fleet is on the forefront of technology and environmental stewardship while delivering the essential cargoes our customers require to drive the economy of the Great Lakes region and the nation. We are honored to partner with some of the best steelmakers, power generation companies, aggregate suppliers & users, and others that choose to move their raw materials on lake freighters — the most environmental and efficient mode of transportation.

I have had the honor and privilege to support our teams on land and by sea in delivering innovative solutions for our customers. Without question, our history is rich in tradition and accomplishments, but I am excited about the future and where we are headed to meet the new demands for logistics in the Great Lakes and beyond. So come explore who we are, what we can do and let us find a solution for you.

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December 6, 2023
United Seamen’s Service’s 54th annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Awards were presented to Mark W. Barker, President of Interlake Maritime Services; George Pasha IV, President and CEO of The Pasha Group; and Adam Vokac, District and National President of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.).
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October 20, 2023
TV6′s Elizabeth Peterson travels with the crew as they leave the St. Mary’s River and head to Burns Harbor, Indiana
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⚓Two great Cleveland powerhouses meet on the Lake!⚓

Meet Our Veterans: Ashlea Sikon

After 9/11, Ashlea Sikon sidelined her softball scholarship at a small Junior College in Southeast Kansas to join the Army ROTC Program at Kansas State University. She would commission into the Army as an officer less than four years later in May 2006.

“Like many I served with post 9/11, the incident that day and the attack on our country compelled and motivated me to commit my life to serving in our military,” says Sikon, who joined Interlake in 2022 as Executive Assistant to President Mark W. Barker. “At the age of 22, I became one of the first female Field Artillery Officers in the United States Army as a part of the Army’s then new initiative of introducing females into combat arms branches.”

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