St. Lawrence Seaway
The first vessel in the Seaway on opening day March 25
at the St.Lambert Lock was Vega Desgagnés bound for Hamilton with diesel oil.
The second was Halifax bound for Toledo. First one downbound at Iroquois was
Cedarglen on opening day. Voyage Windsor/Quebec City with soymeal.
The first salty was the Italian flag chemical tanker
Ievoli Shine bound for Mississauga in ballast on March 28. It was her first
visit to the Lakes.
Reported by: René Beauchamp
Photo by: Gerard Belley
Halifax near Mariatown
Twin Ports Activity
Things were busy around the
Twin Ports this past weekend. The Columbia Star spent Saturday morning
loading coal. She left shortly after noon. Edgar B. Speer was tied up at Port
Terminal undergoing repairs. The Speer was expected to complete repairs and
take on a load of taconite in Two Harbors. Both the Burns Harbor and James R.
Barker were loading taconite. The Burns Harbor was in
Superior at the Burlington Northern
dock and the Barker was in Duluth at the DM&IR dock.
Reported by: Brian Peterson
Columbia Star departing
Disappearing into the fog
Canadian Progress officially
began the Twin Ports shipping season when it arrived in Duluth shortly after
noon on Friday, March 26. After fueling at the Murphy Oil dock, the vessel
proceeded to Midwest Energy Terminal to load 27,000 metric tons of coal for
While vessel traffic in the
port began the previous week, the “official” start of navigation is also
marked by the arrival of the first vessel from below the Soo.
Reported by Al Miller
The H. Lee White brought a
load of stone to Marquette’s lower harbor dock and was the first ship to that
dock this season. She then moved to the upper harbor for a load of ore, and
became the first ship to use that facility this season as well. The
Michipicoten had been expected to be the first ship for ore, but was delayed
by mechanical problems. The Saginaw is expected on Tuesday.
Reported by: Lee Rowe
H. Lee White unloading stone at
the Shiras Steam Plant dock.
H. Lee White at the power
plant, another view
White at the ore dock
Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder departed
her winter layup from Bayship around 5 a.m. Monday, then turned around in Lake
Michigan to head back to Bayship for bowthruster repairs approximately three
hours later. Sam Laud was ballasted down and the gangway ladder detached ready
to depart sometime today.
Reported by: Darren Hesler
The Captain Henry Jackman
delivered a partial cargo of cement clinkers to the Milwaukee St. Marys Cement
plant Sunday. This was the first trip here for the Jackman in the cement
trade. Previously clinkers were delivered by CSL.
Also in port Sunday was the
Reported by: Andy LaBorde
The owner of the Russell-built
tug Wendy B., Capt. Gordon Bennett, was pulled from the harbor by police
divers a few days ago from the water beside his tug. Algoville departed
Toronto Friday afternoon and Gordon C. Leitch left Sunday morning around 11.
Although it seemed like no work
was being done on the new harbor charter vessel Yankee Lady 4 during the
winter, the owners were prefabricating hull pieces indoors. These parts are
now being brought to the construction site and assembled.
Reported by: Charlie Gibbons
Algocape was loading at
Richardson’s Monday and will be leaving in the near future. Algonorth is still
being worked on in drydock, while nothing is happening with Algontario yet.
Rumors are circulating that the damaged Algontario will be repaired and
returned to service this season.
Reported by: Rob Farrow
Thursday, March 25, the Peter
R. Cresswell departed on its first trip this season at 5 p.m. The Nanticoke
arrived at 6 p.m. Friday, March 26, saw the Canadian Navigator headed
out on her first trip at 7 p.m. heading to Montreal with a load of slag from
Pier 26. Saturday, March 27, the Algowood arrived at
8:30 a.m. with a cargo of coal from Toledo for Dofasco. The tanker Vega
Desganges arrived at 9 a.m. Sunday March 28 saw the Frontenac arriving at 8
a.m. with iron ore pellets for Stelco from Superior, departing at 3:30 p.m.
heading back to Superior. The Algosoo finally departed at 12 noon as the
Hamilton Around the Bay marathon had the bridge closed in the morning. The tug
Salvor and barge McLeary’s Spirit departed at 3 p.m. The Vega Desgagnes
shiftedto Pier 12 around midnight to do gasless welding repairs on one hold
for six hours.
Reported by: Eric Holmes
The ULS Corp. straight decker
Canadian Miner was upbound in the Welland Canal Sunday afternoon, loaded with
cargo from Clarkson. After unloading, she will continue on for Duluth. Also
preparing to depart was the Canadian Prospector in Port Colborne. Cutting
continues on the Canadiana at Ramey’s Bend and the Algogulf and Kinsman Enterprise at IMS.
enters Lock 8.
In the ice
stern view, with remains of Algogulf and Kinsman Enterprise at left.
awaits fitout, and fresh paint.
progresses on the Canadiana.
Another view of
Aft section of
Looking aft from
Reported by: Alex Howard
The CSL Tadoussac made her
first visit to the Saginaw River last Friday, calling on the Essroc Terminal
in Essexville to unload cement clinker. She arrived early Friday morning.
After discharging, she left for Superior to load taconite.
The tug Gregory J. Busch and
barge STC 2004 have been working on a dredging project at Pier 7 Marina on the
West side of the Saginaw River in Bay City. The pair has been transiting
between the marina and the pump-out island in the Saginaw Bay.
Reported by: Todd Shorkey
unloading at Essroc
Photo by Brian Ferguson
Gregory J. Busch