Ohio based US flag laker operator Interlake Steamship has ordered the first new Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier since 1983. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be built at Wisconsin Shipyard which is owned by Italian Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be delivered to Interlake Steamship in the middle of 2022. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will have self-unloading mechanism and will be the first laker built in Great Lakes area since 1983. Great Lakes fitted bulk carrier will be 28,000 DWT. Interlake Steamship is the largest privately owned US-flagged shipowner and operator on the Great Lakes. Interlake Steamship owns and operates 9 Great Lakes fitted bulk carriers. Interlake Steamship is led by president Mark Barker. Mark Barker added that Interlake Steamship and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding had a long and positive relationship. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding have modernised and reinvested heavily fleet of Interlake Steamship. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding have skilfully handled 4 re-powers, 5 exhaust-gas scrubber installations, as well as regular maintenance and regulatory dry-dockings on Interlake Steamship’s bulk carriers.