Twin Ports –
Pace is Picking Up
Saltie traffic in the Twin
Ports took off last weekend. Federal Polaris arrived April 16 to unload at the
port terminal. Late in the day it shifted to the nearby AGP grain elevator to
load. After Gordon C. Leitch cleared the CHS elevator early in the evening of
April 16, the Ziemia Gornoslaska took its place. Arriving over the weekend
were Atlantic Patroller, carrying bentonite to unload at Hallett 6,
Vancouverborg to load at AGP and Ziemia Lodska to load at CHS. The only grain
elevators not to load a ship so far this season have been the General Mills
elevators in Duluth and Superior.
Midwest Energy Terminal also is
operating full bore. The dock is scheduled to load eight vessels this week.
Paul R. Tregurtha was there April 18. Scheduled to load at Canadian Olympic,
April 19; Columbia Star, April 20; Oglebay Norton and Middletown, April 22;
and Indiana Harbor, Paul R. Tregurtha and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on April 23.
The Middletown's unusual visit will be to load coal for delivery to the Xcel
Energy generating station in Ashland, Wis.
Reported by: Al Miller
Photos by: Brian Peterson
Halifax departing April 16
Oglebay Norton departing
River – Easter Traffic
A pleasant Easter Sunday saw
the Joseph H. Thompson calling on the Saginaw River. The Thompson made her
way to the upper Saginaw to unload at the Burroughs Dock. The pair finished
unloading and were outbound early Monday.
On Tuesday, the tug Joyce L.
Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader called on the Sargent dock in
Essexville to lighter. The pair then continued upriver to the Saginaw Rock
Products dock to finish unloading. After turning in the Sixth Street Basin,
the duo tied up at the Wirt Dock in Saginaw to await the upbound passage of
the Agawa Canyon before continuing outbound for the lake.
The Agawa Canyon was inbound
for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to unload. Once finished, she turned and
was outbound, passing through Downtown Bay City around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Early Thursday morning saw the
Indiana Harbor making her second delivery of coal to the Consumers Energy dock
in Essexville this season. She finished her unload and was outbound for Light
12 stern first to turn around and head for the lake around 8:30 a.m.
Joseph H. Thompson inbound
clearing Veteran's Bridge
Indiana Harbor outbound
at the Saginaw River Front Range
Reported by: Todd Shorkey
Marie – Fog and Wind Slow Ships
UPDATE: Due to poor visibility,
the U.S. Coast Guard closed the St. Marys River early this morning from DeTour
to the Soo Locks.
Saturday and Sunday traffic at
the Soo was slowed Saturday due to fog on the lower river. By afternoon, the
warm sun burned off most of the haze for upbounders Algonova, Yarmouth,
Atlantic Patroller, Zimia Lodska, Armco, Vancouverborg, Edwin H. Gott, and
Earl W Oglebay.
Sunday cooled off, bringing
rain and strong winds and forcing a drastic minus 24 inches in the upper pool.
Sunday downbound traffic included Burns Harbor, St. Clair, American Spirit,
Catherine Desgagnes, Herbert C. Jackson (at Algoma) Goviken, Algonorth and
Oglebay Norton. Upbound was Canadian Olympic, Quebecois, Saginaw, Canadian
Prospector, McLeary’s Spirit and Cason J Callaway.
Reported by: Jerry Masson
Photos by: Ben and Chanda
James R. Barker through
Barker, down at Mission
Saltie Yarmouth upbound
Yarmouth above the locks
Saltie Delayed by Engine Trouble
UPDATE: Malyovitza got underway
again at 1755 Sunday heading east. Her engine trouble was a coolant problem in
number six piston. She gave an eta of 2015 for Crossover Island.
At 1430 Sunday the saltwater
vessel Malyovitza reported problems with her engines near the foot of Wolfe
island ( Quebec Head) She is trying to get to the south side of the channel to
go to anchor. Seaway Clayton is calling several vessels to report the problem.
Malyovitza, which is eastbound in the Seaway, has put out a security call as
The American Narrows of the
Seaway was closed to navigation from 2000 April 17 to 1200 April 18. The
visibility was too low to allow ships through. Fog finally lifted at
noon but it took another hour for
visibility to improve at Cape Vincent so pilots could be sent to vessels.
Eastbound traffic included the Algocen (anchored 1 mile west of light 229,
since 2000) Malyovitza ( 2.3 mikes W of Tibbetts Point) and the Algocatalyst.
(1.8 miles W of Grenadier Island) The Tug Salvor (light tug) was tied to the
Cape Vincent breakwall. The Federal Elbe, Atlantic Erie and Diamond Star were
all anchored waiting to pass westbound.
The CCGS Griffon was in Lake
Ontario, working on the NOAA weather buoy, then she was going to go to Galloo
Island because of weather. The English River is also eastbound for Bath.
The local harbor is a beehive
of activity as the local tour boats get ready for the season. Inspections are
coming shortly for the Island Queen III, Island Belle and Island Star. The
Canadian Empress is being readied for another cruise season. Two Brockville
boats, the General Brock and Sea Fox, are also being worked on prior to
launching for the season. The Senator, from Ottawa, is still at the wall with
a for sale sign on it. It appears not to be leaving this season.
Reported by: Ron Walsh
James Norris Leaves Lay-up
Sunday, April 18 saw Algoway
arrive at 5 a.m. and go to anchor on the lake side of the Burlington Piers due
to very heavy fog. She finally entered the harbor at 9:45 a.m., when the fog
lifted slightly, and then departed at 4 p.m. The Canadian Miner departed at 1
p.m. and the James Norris on her first trip of the season departed at 2 p.m.
Nanticoke arrived through the fog at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday April 17, had the Jane
Ann IV and Sarah Spencer departing at 7 a.m. heading back to Superior. The
Emerald Star arrived at the Petro Canada Pier in Oakville (Bronte) at 8 a.m.
The CSL Laurentien arrived in Hamilton at 9:30 a.m. with iron ore pellets
from Point Noire for Stelco. The Laurentian departed at 4:30 p.m.,heading to
the Welland Canal. Federal Schelde departed at 12 p.m. Canadian Miner arrived
at 7:30 p.m. with iron ore pellets from Port Cartier for Dofasco. CSL
Niagara arrived at 8 p.m. with iron ore pellets from Superior for Stelco.
On Friday, April 16, the tug
Jane Ann IV and her barge Sarah Spencer arrived at 930 p.m., going to Stelco
with iron ore pellets from Superior.
Thursday, April 15, Quebecois
arrived at 4:30 p.m. with iron ore pellets for Dofasco. The tug John Spence
and barge McAshpalt 401 arrived at 8 p.m., and after discharging her cargo of
asphalt for IKO Industries, headed to the Heddle Dry Dock for some repairs
that are expected to take a week.
Reported by: Eric Holmes
Excursion Vessels Prepare for Season
Saturday 17th: The English
River was the only arrival today. (Due to a trick of the light, the hull and
water were barely indistinguishable and it appeared that the big white
deckhouse was moving along all by itself.)
Sails were bent on the schooner
Empire Sandy and on the Toronto Brigantine's vessels Pathfinder and Playfair
Mariposa Cruise Line's tour
boat Mariposa Belle was out on its first charter of the season this morning
and she did a second charter this afternoon.
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's
tender Kwasind went into service for the season this morning.
Reported by: Charlie Gibbons
The steamer Alpena returned to
its namesake city on Saturday after delivering to Green Bay, Wis. It took on
more cement at Lafarge and departed by early afternoon heading for Milwaukee.
The J.A.W. Iglehart was in port Sunday evening loading cement. The Iglehart
had made stops at Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit on its previous trip.
The Jacklyn M barge Integrity
was in St. Joseph and is expected to be back in Alpena on Tuesday.
The Joseph H. Thompson was
taking on cargo at Stoneport on Sunday. Also, the Lee A. Tregurtha was
scheduled to load Sunday night after the Thompson.
Reported by: Ben and Chanda
Early last Friday afternoon,
the steamer Herbert C. Jackson was outbound on the Rouge River. She is shown
below at the Fort Street Bridge. She had just completed unloading a cargo of
taconite at Severstal Steel and was bound for the CSX Dock in Toledo.
After taking on fuel at Sterling Fuel on the Detroit
River, the Armco headed upbound past the J. W. Westcott mail station in the
shadow of the Ambassador Bridge. The J. W. Westcott II also made its typical
mid-river delivery of crew, mail papers and supplies to the Armco as she
Reported by: Wade P. Streeter
Jackson bow view
Westcott heads back
to dock after servicing the Armco
Armco passes under the
Cresswell Brings Salt
The Peter R. Cresswell arrived
in Milwaukee Friday to deliver 26,450 metric tonnes of road salt. The weather
was perfect as Capt. Peter Schultz backed the Cresswell from the port entry,
under the Hoan Bridge, around the corner and up against the municipal dock in
the inner harbor.
Reported by: Jim Zeirke
Cresswell at the light
at the entrance to the inner harbor
Going under the Hoan Bridge
Cresswell ready to unload.
The salt pile in the background was unloaded by the Calumet earlier last
week. It will remain there until July, reason unknown
“Canadian pride” – the
Canadian flag on flying proudly near the ACM logo on the stack
The cement boat J.A.W. Iglehart
came in on the sunny and warm afternoon of the 16th. She was met by the tug
Washington at the breakwall and escorted into the harbor around 1:30 p.m. They
then slowed down to allow the tug Ruby to clear the Buffalo River Entrance
Channel with her barge as she headed outbound for the Black Rock Canal.
The Washington stayed alongside the Iglehart all the
way up to the dock and then gave her a light shove on the stern to help ease
the ship against the LaFarge Cement dock on Ganson Street.
According to a crewmember, security has been tightened
on all lake vessels and cameras have been added to keep an eye on the
Iglehart’s gangway and main deck. These cameras feed raw video to TV screens
on the main deck and to a recording device that tapes the images for security
Calumet arrived at the sand pile at 4:30 a.m. She is
scheduled back Wednesday with coal for NRG in Tonawanda.
Ruby, shown pushing her barge
around Lighthouse Point.
Iglehart coming up the
Washington lightly shoving
the stern in to help hold her to the wall
Marinette/Menominee – New Pulp Crane Arrives
offloaded a new crane this past weekend to handle wood pulp.
Crane being unloaded; ferry
Viking 1 in background
Reported by: Tom Wiater
Richard Reiss Visits
The Richard Reiss came into
Holland last Tuesday to deliver the first load of coal for the year at the
James De Young Power Plant.
Reiss passing Kollen Park -
note fish jumping in foreground
Reiss unloading coal
Reported by: Dale Rosema