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April 17, 20

Saginaw River - Todd Shorkey
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Tug Spartan - Barge Spartan II inbound at the Essexville Range
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Tug Spartan
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Another view
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Tug Kurt Luedtke pushing a derrick barge inbound near Bay Harbor Marina
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Close up of the Kurt Luedtke
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Stern view nearing the Lafarge Cement dock and USS Edson
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 Tug Karl Luedtke
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Stern view

CCGS Amundsen Floated out of the Drydock -
Paul Beesley
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 On Sunday the Amundsen was floated and moved out of the drydock to the fit-out wall.  Nadro's tug Ecosse has the bow line waiting for word to pull.
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Nadro's tug Lac Manitoba was able to squeeze in between the Amundsen and the dock wall to take up position as the braking tug aft of the ship.  Lac Manitoba is just barely visible to the right, far back into the dock.
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On the move.  The Amundsen was dead-ship so she had to rely on the tugs for the maneuvers and to secure her to the fit-out wall.
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A little farther out of the dock.  (About the ship and her work - 1:  Understanding the present transformation of the Arctic Ocean in response to climate change and anticipating the potential consequences requires a significant commitment in oceanographic research efforts. As one of the largest Arctic countries and the country with the longest arctic coastline, Canada strives to remain at the leading edge of Arctic research.)
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This was a very slow procedure.  (About the ship and her work - 2:  CCGS Amundsen is the first research icebreaker in the world to have undertaken two over-wintering expeditions in the Arctic. The ship's facilities and sophisticated equipment make it a versatile research platform not only for oceanographers, but for geologists, terrestrial ecologists and epidemiologists. The CCGS Amundsen is the ideal research platform for addressing the multidisciplinary questions raised by Arctic climate change.)
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Ecosse takes the strain.   (About the ship and her work - 3:  The retrofit of the CCGS Sir John Franklin into the state-of-the-art research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen was made possible by the International Joint Ventures Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada ? Coast Guard.)
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Once her stern was clear the Lac Manitoba pulled the stern south so the ship could be secured starboard side to.  (About the ship and her work - 4:  Since its inauguration, the CCGS Amundsen has been a major catalyst in the revitalization of Canadian Arctic science by providing Canadian researchers and their international collaborators with the platform and the tools to facilitate unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean.)
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As Lac Manitoba pulls the Ecosse waits for the signal to stop the Amundsen from swinging.  (About the ship:  (The Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, ArcticNet's major research infrastructure, adorns the new Canadian $50 polymer bank note that was launched on 26 March 2012.) 
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Lac Manitoba pulling the ship stern-first toward the wall.  To see more of this narrative and about the Amundsen
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Former Gordon C. Leitch towed for scarp in 2012 passing Sorel, Quebec
- André Cournoyer
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